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20 Times Incredible Parents Supported Their Gay Kids

20 Times Incredible Parents Supported Their Gay Kids

There's nothing more beautiful than seeing parents be there to celebrate who their children really are.

Coming out to your parents isn't always easy. Sometimes it's difficult for family members to accept their loved ones for who they truly are and who they're meant to be. But over the years, more parents have come out to support their children to celebrate them, just as they are. From Los Angeles to Washington DC, families are coming together to support their LGBTQIA kids. Online, many kids are sharing sweet gestures of love and support from the folks. Many parents have been spotted attending Pride parades and events with their children. Check out some heartwarming pictures below! Warning: Get the tissue box ready.

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How parents respond to their kids coming out is an important factor in their well-being. β€œFamily matters most,” said Joe Kort, a clinical psychotherapist and author of LGBTQ Clients in Therapy. β€œIf you’re a high rejecting family, you’re going to put that child in harm’s way. Suicidality will increase the more rejecting the family is.” Even today, many children remain frightened about coming out. β€œThere are a million reasons they give why they don’t feel safe,” Joe Kort said, according to the Washington Post. Parents can help change that. A kind word could go a long way. Even if you're confused, don't let that hinder your relationship with your child. You don’t need to understand someone to accept them or love them. Expressing your love is key, Kort said. β€œStart by saying, β€˜I love you no matter what and I’ll be here with you as you work this out and think this through.’ ” Or: β€œI’m not sure I completely agree or am open to this, but I’m willing to listen to you.” Kind words can help your child in massive ways.

 

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According to ABC, writer Nama Winston shared the story of her son coming out to her. She wrote: I turned to two gay friends to ask for advice on, quite simply, how to avoid Winston being in therapy about things I might unknowingly say or do 'wrong'. "They say when your child comes out, so do you," my dear friend and my son's 'guncle' Adam Bub tells me. "That can be really confronting for a lot of parents, whether you're cool with it or not. "You're now the 'parent of a gay child', but we should really reframe that to be 'You're the parent of a child who loves you so much they want you to know who they really are, and be a part of their life'. This incredible insight is one I'll remember forever. "

What a wonderful perspective, don't you agree?

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