How to Affirm & Support Your Child When They Come Out as LGBTQIA+

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This article outlines how to be supportive of a child who has come out to you as LGBTQIA+. It includes information on feelings of grief that parents can experience when their child comes out, corrects common misconceptions, and offers resources to learn more.

“Sharing orientation and/or identity realizations can often come with a cost for youth. Alienation, shame, bullying, and even abandonment are all factors I have seen happen when youth share their identity with their parents. To support them with love, center their experiences, desires, and needs when they come out.”