In the gay world you can be a twink, a jock, a daddy or a bear. For example, True Freedom Trust, which I have already mentioned, also provides support for parents and families. Don't tell them what to think, although feel free gently to share your own opinion with them, but give them space to think this through for themselves safely. If your mother reaches out to PFLAG, she is likely to encounter other mothers and fathers who have gone through what she is presently going through and she may feel less alone. My own parents are extremely supportive and accepting, but they are still not the main people with whom I want to discuss my sexuality in depth! Yes, parents have a role to teach their children the way of Christ.
I know now that I did not need to worry about this, but I did worry!
How should I respond if my child comes out to me?
Again, asking open questions, such as 'What would you like me to do to support you? Even a long post can only scratch the surface and do check out the resources below, especially the book by Mark Yarhouse. No one made fun of me there. But the way to do that at this stage is to show them the love of Christ. Show 25 25 50 All. Even when he started to go out with girls, his parents insisted that he was in denial and when he announced his engagement to the woman who is now his wife, neither his mother nor his father spoke to him for 24 hours. I didn't want to be coddled with sympathy or treated differently because of my sexuality.
That kind of conversation is just not what your child needs at this stage. She inspired him to the extent that he began to imitate her. It made me furious that people had suddenly stopped seeing me for me, especially because this had all come unexpectedly. I got found out too early. Always consult with your psychotherapist, physician, or psychiatrist first before changing any aspect of your treatment regimen. If your child is an adult and not living at home, then it is important to recognise that they are already making their own decisions and living their own life. My own parents are extremely supportive and accepting, but they are still not the main people with whom I want to discuss my sexuality in depth!