Briefly describe how your child first came out to you and your initial reactions.
My 20-year-old daughter told me via text that she has been wanting to tell me for a while. She is attracted to girls and boys. She says she’s felt this way for over a year now. I was shocked to say the least. I told her I loved her and nothing would ever change that. But inside I was a wreck. I immediately had a panic attack and couldn’t sleep all night. It’s been about 4 days since I found out. I’m still struggling
What concerns did you experience over the first weeks or months? How did you deal with them?
How hard her life would be. How would I tell my extended family. Would they accept her and treat her with love.
What would this mean for the future? Marriage? Grandkids?
Has your child come out to other family members over time?
What is the hardest thing about knowing their LGBTQ identity?
It made me feel like the ground went from under me. Like I didn’t know my daughter.
What is the best thing about knowing your child's LGBTQ identity?
That she had the bravery to tell us
What would you say to other parents learning the LGBTQ identity of their child?
I’m still processing this. So I guess take it one day at a time.
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