Parents and Carers
Many parents contact us to find out how they can best support their child when they are ‘coming out’, when they questioning their sexuality and/or gender identity or when they have a ‘feeling’ about their sexuality and/or gender identity. Making it to this page is a sign that like everyone else, you really want the best for your child.
Seven ways you can support your child
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By rephrasing questions, for example ‘are you seeing someone’ rather than ‘do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?’ or words such as ‘partner’ and ‘other half’ can show people that you are open and accepting, it allows LGBT*Q+ people, should they wish, to feel comfortable speaking about their sexuality/gender identity and partners and avoid awkward explanations and discussion.
Gender neutral language is also best practise to use in your every day as it isn’t always clear what pronouns a person uses to identify with. By using gender neutral language, we minimise the chance of misgendering people.
You can still support your LGBT*Q+ child indirectly by making idle conversation, for example, talking about an LGBT celebrity in a positive way, or mentioning a LGBT*Q+ family friend. This allows you to show you are open and accepting, something many LGBT*Q+ young people feel the people around them are not.
How can we support you?
We are available to speak to you about the issues your child might be facing.
We would encourage you to learn about the issues LGBT*Q+ young people face and engage with different LGBT*Q+ events and happenings.
Our links page has some useful links to helpful sites from around the web.
The FFLAG website (Friends and Family of Lesbians And Gays) is a helpful place to look for support and information.
Supporting Trans*, Gender Variant or Non-Binary children
Over the last 10 years we have seen an increase in the number of Trans*, Gender Variant or Non-Binary young people and parents contacting us for information and support .
We understand the complexities and challenges faced by Trans*, Gender Variant or Non-Binary young people and their parents/carers and families.
In response to this we have established our TRANS* FAMILIES – support group for the parents / carers 0f Trans*, Gender Variant or Non-Binary children under 18 years.
Last Updated: 23/08/17