Your first reaction to learning that your loved one is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning can range anywhere from anger to sadness, fear to hurt, confusion to grief, and anywhere and everything in between. These emotions and the thousands of others that parents, families, and friends experience as they navigate their loved ones coming out process are normal. You are not alone. The first thing you should do for yourself and your loved one is to talk to someone who has been through this process. There are several resources available to help you navigate your thoughts and feelings, such as PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) http://community.pflag.org/. You can always call 121help.me for support in talking with your child.
PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network)
GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.
National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC)
NYAC is working to empower the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Questioning youth community in its fight against discrimination and for more humane and just treatment. Some of the goals of this organization are its advocacy work, national resource clearinghouse, and HIV/STD prevention project. NYAC can be reached at: 1-800-541-6922.