How can cis-straight parents be a better ally, offer more support, and be a better parent to kids who are coming out? We’ve received this question countless times, and so we talk more about that in today’s episode. Parents often come from the role of teacher, but this moment is an opportunity and invitation to learn more and respectfully enter your child’s queer life. Shay reminds us that ally is a verb, and as a parent, it is your job to do the hard work of making amends, educating yourself, and respecting boundaries. Brian calls on parents to get a little uncomfortable and go out and do the work of advocating among their cis-straight peers to create a safe space for queer and trans folks to thrive in our world. Your child’s queerness is special and a beautiful part of them, and being an effective ally is an important role for parents.
- It’s Not Possible to Have a “Healthy Relationship With Your Child” if You Don’t Affirm Them
- Kind Homophobia and Transphobia is Still Evil
- To LGBTQ Kids With Unaffirming Parents: You Deserve Better
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