think your child is gay?

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  • Is it just a phase?
  • What if I don't like their partner?
  • How do I know they're gay?
  • Will I still be able to have grandchildren? 

YouGov polling shows that 81 per cent of people in Britain would be comfortable if their child grew up to be lesbian, gay or bisexual. But that doesn't mean that these parents don't have understandable questions or concerns when they think that their child might be gay. Just as coming out can be difficult for young people even the most well-meaning parents find themselves worrying, particularly about whether they're doing and saying the right thing.

This guide is designed to give answers to some of those common questions that parents might have when they think their child is gay, or has just come out. Written in plain English, it dispels the common myths about what being gay means for young people, as well as helping parents to create a supportive environment for their children.

Download the guide here

Order more copies here 

For more general information on parenting issues and supporting teenagers, Stonewall partners Mumsnet have a wide range of resources and advice.

Specific support for parents of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people is available from the charity Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (FFLAG).

If you have questions please contact


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