Coming Out Support
Parents are uniquely positioned to help their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) teens. Being supportive is especially important because LGBTQ youth with accepting families are less likely than teens without accepting families to attempt suicide, use illegal drugs, and contract HIV. Youth who feel supported by their families also experience better mental and physical health including less depression and greater self-esteem.
There are several concrete steps parents can take to demonstrate love and support for young people who’ve just “come out.” Strategies include, telling your teens how much you love them, using their preferred name and pronouns, and making sure every family member treats them with respect.