A child coming out to family members is emotionally vulnerable. Those who receive the news are often upset and overwhelmed. There will probably be missteps on both sides — this is new territory for most families.

To help you navigate, we offer two guides: one for LGBQ and one for transgender. Each provides essential facts and research, ways to help your child and challenges you may encounter. We hope this information will help you find your family’s best path and keep your family strong over time.

Ways to Access the Guides

  1. There are three main sections of the guides, which you can access by clicking the blue boxes below or from Parent Guides in the navigation above.
  2. Or you can Signup to have our guide emailed to you – 5 chapters over two weeks – in sections you can keep for reference.

LGBQ Guide

Read This First

Helpful, factual information about this experience for parents and youth.

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Helping Your Child

Positive suggestions for navigating this change in your family.

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Challenges Ahead

Managing emotions, dealing with relationships, telling others, and tough questions.

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Transgender Guide

Read This First

Insight into your child's journey and how your actions can help or hurt.

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Finding Your Balance As a Parent

The journey for parents, managing emotions, and tips for supporting your child.

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Tough Questions

Some hard questions parents often ask and answers that can be helpful for you and your child.

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