If you’ve ever wondered if you’re gay, lesbian, or bisexual, you’re not alone. Many teens ask themselves this question, and here are ways to find some answers. For parents and caregivers, finding out your son or daughter is gay, lesbian, or bisexual can present challenges. Learn more about how to be supportive.
TOI is committed to building strong, inclusive communities. Are you, or do you have a child that’s part of the LGBTQ community or have a question about sex, gender, sexuality, or relationships? We invite you to schedule a virtual meeting with Breanna, our Health Educator, to talk and gather resources! Click on the link below and select “Calendly” to schedule a time that works best for you! Link: https://linktr.ee/toi_familyplanning
Here are a few resources to help offer information and support so you can be a parent and an ally!• Talk and listen: Parents who talk with and listen to their teen in a way that invites an open discussion about sexual orientation can help their teen feel loved and supported. Parents should have honest conversations with their teens about sex and how to avoid risky behaviors and unsafe situations.
• Provide support: Parents who take time to come to terms with how they feel about their teen’s sexual orientation will be more able to respond calmly and use respectful language. Parents should develop common goals with their teen, including being healthy and doing well in school.
• Stay involved: Parents who make an effort to know their teen’s friends and know what their teen is doing can help their teen stay safe and feel cared about.
• Be proactive: Parents can access many organizations and online information resources to learn more about how they can support their LGB teen, other family members, and their teen’s friends.