10.11.2017 – First Annual Parents Coming Out Day October 12: Strong Family Alliance Creates Day to Encourage Parents to Come Out Supporting their LGBTQ Children (PDF)
9.20.2017 – Strong Family Alliance Kick-Off Event Release (PDF)
11.14.17 – NBC News: After Man Is Charged in Gay Son’s Death, LGBTQ Groups Focus on Outreach
11.14.17 – NPR’s Texas Standard: Why Coming Out as LGBTQ in an Immigrant Family is Rarely an Option
10.12.17 – A Plus: Together, This Mother And Daughter Inspire Social Change By Helping Other Families With LGBTQ Children
10.12.17 – Bustle: What Is National Parents Coming Out Day? October 12 Is All About Supporting Parents Of LGBTQ Kids
10.12.17 – NBC News: ‘National Parents Coming Out Day’ Aims to Educate Families of LGBTQ Youth
10.11.17 – CultureMap Austin: Austin nonprofit celebrates launch, aims to build strong families for LGBTQ youth
10.11.17 – Houston Business Journal: First Annual National Parents Coming Out Day October 12
10.06.17 – Spectrum News Austin: Nonprofit Provides Resources for Parents of LGBT Youth
10.07.17 – KLBJ News Radio: Austin LGBT Families Come Together (article; audio below)
We ask that two points be made in any blogs, posts or publicity. The Strong Family Alliance:
- Is a new non-profit focused on supporting parents whose children are coming out
- Provides a website consolidating information, resources, guidance, and parent-to-parent sharing to help families stay connected and keep their youth safe and healthy.
National Parents Coming Out Day
October 12 is a new designation called National Parents Coming Out Day. Held the day after National Coming Out Day on October 11, it’s a day when parents can show support for their LGBTQ child. Find out more on our National Parents Coming Out Day overview page.
There are many ways parents can “come out” and it’s a process that must be coordinated with their child. Strong Family Alliance is suggesting three approaches:
- Anonymous – by posting their story on the Strong Family Alliance website where other parents can be encouraged and feel less alone.
- Gradual Steps – provided in the article 10 Tips for Supporting an LGBTQ Child, ranging from avoiding negative language to being a public advocate helping others
- Social Media – using sample posts provided by Strong Family Alliance. Click one of these Facebook Photo Albums to easily share a post, whether you’re a parent of LGBTQ, an LGBTQ person, or a supportive organization or ally. More sample text posts are available as well.
There are over 50 other suggestions to support your child, in these categories:
Speaking Up: Independent Actions
Telling Others: Coordinate with Your Child
Working with a Counselor: Sharing in Private
We offer these as potential key lines or ideas to build around. We hope one of these approaches resonates for you and your readers/followers.
- This is something the parent goes through as well as the child, and it’s a process that takes time and energy. Be patient with yourself.
- Religion is what kept me from accepting my child as gay, but faith is what helped me do so.
- You may not be the only voice in your child’s ear, but make sure you’re the best voice in your child’s ear. (Dr. Phil)
- It’s no wonder parents struggle when their child comes out to them, because they care about them. Because they want the best for them. Unfortunately, what most parents know about being (LGBT) is the misinformation they learned…They struggle because they care so much. (David Heubner, Ph.D., MPH Clinical Psychologist)
- The pain of coming out is not the pain of the person who comes out alone. The whole family comes out. So the family almost has a bereavement process. (Bishop Yvette Flunder, City of Refuge, United Church of Christ)
Social Media Presence
Sample Graphical Posts
Sample Facebook Posts
I’m happy to share @sfamilyalliance, a new non-profit offering support for parents of LGBTQ kids coming out. It consolidates great information and resources that are often hard to find, a game-changer for parents who are struggling to adjust. See www.strongfamilyalliance.org. International Parents Coming Out Day is October 12, when parents can “come out” in support of their out kids. Please SHARE. #strongfamily #nationalparentscomingoutday #parentscomingout
Coming out isn’t just for #LGBTQ. Help get the word out about National Parents Coming Out Day Oct 12, when parents can “come out” in support of their out kids. Check out @sfamilyalliance and www.strongfamilyalliance.org, working to save lives and preserve families by supporting parents of LGBTQ. Please SHARE. #strongfamily #nationalparentscomingoutday #parentscomingout
Strong families include #LGBTQ acceptance. National Parents Coming Out Day is October 12, when parents can “come out” in support of their out kids. SAVE LIVES and check out @sfamilyalliance and www.strongfamilyalliance.org, a nonprofit providing free resources and support for parents whose child recently came out. Please SHARE. #strongfamily #nationalparentscomingoutday #parentscomingout
#LGBTQ children are 8 times more likely to commit suicide when rejected by family. National Parents Coming Out Day is October 12, when parents can “come out” in support of their out kids. www.strongfamilyalliance.org and @sfamilyalliance provide parents with the tools to love and accept their children. Please SHARE and FOLLOW! #strongfamily #nationalparentscomingoutday #parentscomingout
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