By Leah Brignall
When we think about some of the challenges of coming out, we tend to think of the changes that the gay individual will experience. But what about their family and loved ones? When a person comes out, it can be a time of change for many people in their lives as well, especially their parents. While some find joy in their child being true to their identity, others find these transitions more difficult. Parents may feel lost or afraid. Will their child fit in? Will they be bullied? How do I interact with them? These are common questions, and there are resources for loved ones to find answers! This article, When a Child Comes Out, Parents May Want to Go in the Closet, gives some insight as to what a parent’s thought process might be. There are also some resources and tips for support! In the end, the most important thing is to try to accept your child for who they are and don’t be afraid to talk about it.