‘So you think your child is gay?’ Guide answers parents’ common questions

Poll shows 81 per cent of people would be comfortable with having a lesbian, gay or bisexual child

Policy development

Today at the National Eisteddfod, Stonewall Cymru launches a guide for parents who think their child might be lesbian, gay or bisexual. So You Think Your Child Is Gay? answers parents’ common questions about sexual orientation, including ‘is it just a phase?’, ‘did I do something wrong?’ and ‘will I still be welcome at church?’.


YouGov polling for Stonewall Cymru’s Living Together report shows 81 per cent of people in Wales would now be comfortable if their child grew up to be lesbian, gay or bisexual. However, coming out remains a stressful experience for many gay young people and their parents. Although gay people today have plenty of sources of support when they choose to come out, few resources exist for parents of gay young people. Stonewall Cymru’s new guide will help parents support their children without worrying needlessly about the ‘impact’ of their sexual orientation.


Stonewall Cymru Education Officer Luke Young said: ‘Many parents worry about what being gay means for their relationship with their children and have all sorts of questions that they’re sometimes afraid to ask for fear of saying the wrong thing. So You Think Your Child Is Gay? provides upbeat and straightforward advice to parents, which focuses on the most important thing of all – giving children love and support, whatever their sexual orientation.’
The guide is also available online at www.stonewallcymru.org.uk/parentguide, or can be ordered from Stonewall’s Information Service on 08000 50 20 20.

 

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