EVERYONE LOVES CAKE
DO: Bake them a gayke!
Congratulations! Your son or daughter just did a very brave thing by coming out. Celebrate with a rainbow colored “gayke.”
IT’S ABOUT THEM
DON’T: Make it about you.
It’s a big deal that your child was courageous enough to reveal their sexuality. Focus on them, because it is their moment.
LOVE YOUR KID
DO: Love your child unconditionally
You’ve loved them since birth. Why would anything change now that you know they’re gay?
GUILT IS NOT A DESTINATION
DON’T: Give them a guilt trip
There isn’t anything wrong with your son or daughter. Don’t make them feel guilty about who they are.
STICK UP FOR THEM
DO: Defend them
Parents should be prepared to defend their children no matter what. Be ready to stick up for your LGTB son or daughter, because living openly can be tough sometimes.
IT’S THEIR HOME
DON’T: Kick them out of the house
It’s their home. Just because you struggle with their orientation doesn’t mean they stopped being your child. Do not kick them out of the house.
YOU STILL NEED ORANGE JUICE
DO: Treat them normally
Remember, being gay doesn’t exempt them from helping out at home. You still need orange juice, so send them to buy some.
THEY AREN’T BROKEN
DON’T: Try to fix them
They aren’t broken. This is who they are, so don’t try to change them.
DO: Talk to them about safety
As a parent, it is your responsibility to teach them to live safe and healthy lives. Some of the specifics may have changed, but the lessons still need to be taught.
ASSUMPTIONS ARE BAD
DON’T: Make assumptions
Now that you know about your child’s sexuality, don’t make assumptions based on stereotypes. They are still the same person, so unless they already loved Queen or Melissa Etheridge, don’t rush out and buy them gifts.
DO: Listen to your child
Your child will need to talk about their life. This includes their relationships. Be there to listen when they need it.
YOU’RE NOT MATCH.COM
DON’T: Fix them up
You are not a dating service. Don’t try fixing them up with any other LGBT person that you meet.
DO: Get active
LGBT issues are front and center. Stand with your child for their rights. Just like you would if they were straight.
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