How to Support Children with LGBTTQ Parents

Start Early
• Kids can absorb information at early age and are very curious.
• Talk about the different types of families, make connections to their own family

Walk Normal, Don’t Tip Toe
• Use direct language while speaking with kids about LGBTTQ parent(s), share how having a LGBTTQ parent affects family, friendships or classmates.
• Show your children that it’s ‘ok to be gay’ by being comfortable, direct and confident.
There’s No Need for Special Treatment
• Being the child of a gay parent is not a disease or disability, there’s no need to treat them any differently

See the Future, Share the Possibilities
• When most people are coming out or dealing with friends that are gay, they focus on the negative perceptions of gay life imposed by internal and external homophobia.
• Emphasize that their relationship with the gay parent remains the same despite his or her homosexuality.
Prepare for Negative Realities
• Prepare children for the possibility of ridicule, harassment, discrimination or hate for having a gay parent..
• Teach strategies of how to handle negative remarks to families
Educate Those around Them
• Start educating early, share communication techniques with teachers about the risk for ridicule or harm from the child’s peers.
• In classrooms, let educators know that it’s not appropriate to single out or identify the children with gay parents.

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