There are some families who don’t work so well when confronted with an LGBT youth. It’s one of the hardest things to do for a child to come out to their family and life gets much harder from there if there is no acceptance or a lack of understanding.
I was in a chat room when one of the women talked about her birthday the night before and how awkward it was. I guess her family is okay with her being the way she is with the exception of her father. Apparently he’s one of those types who “knows” how the world works and is an expert on everything. He’s never taken the time to do any research on transsexualism because he knows it all already. You know the type.
The information is out there. Some of it may not be 100% accurate but it should give you some idea of the turmoil that gay, lesbian and transsexual people go through when they can’t live their lives as openly as they should. Just the suicide rate alone should give you some idea. What many LGBT children need from their family is acceptance, love and occasionally a hug and being told that everything will be okay. Okay, maybe they need lots of hugs. You know what I mean?
So what should a parent of a LGBT child do? First and foremost love your child and show them that you care about them. Educate yourself on homosexuality or transgenderism/transsexualism and learn more about them. Find them a therapist to help them deal with any issues that have developed because of their orientation/gender identity. That therapy will become more important for transsexuals. You might want to keep tabs on them with school and that they are not the victims of bullying which can be particularly harmful both physically and emotionally. Lastly, just allow your child to be themselves but then that applies to all children doesn’t it?
One last thing, despite what you might hear from religious groups, homosexuality and transsexuality can not be cured. Attempts to “cure” them are mostly unsuccessful, cause them to feel heightened sense of shame, self-hatred and self-loathing and may lead to suicide. Many consider this a form of torture. Most of the professional medical associations in the US and Canada “have officially expressed concerns about therapies promoted to modify sexual orientation.” In other words, if you love your child, don’t do it.