Thriving as an Out Proud Mom

Posted on Jun 26, 2015 in Out Proud Families, Support for families/caregivers, Support for LGBTQ+ Youth | 4 comments

I want families to know that being Out and Proud not only makes a difference for our children, it can also transform our lives. When I first came out in support of my gender-creative son, it was to stop the name calling and teasing in elementary school. Years later, being the Out Proud Mom of a gay son has made me a happier, more confident, braver person.  I want families to know that being Out and Proud not only makes a difference for our...

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The Parents Project: Celebrating Resources for Families with LGBTQ Kids

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 in Out Proud Families, Support for families/caregivers | 0 comments

The Parents Project is a first-of-its-kind digital presence, inclusive of videos, advice, and resources, dedicated exclusively toward helping parents understand their LGBTQ kids. Happy Pride Month! This month I am celebrating one year of partnership with The Parents Project. Founded by Dannielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo, The Parents Project is a first-of-its-kind digital presence, inclusive of videos, advice, and resources, dedicated...

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New & Expecting Parents/Caregivers: 8 Things to Know about Gender and Sexual Orientation

Posted on Mar 16, 2015 in One of Kind Like Me, Out Proud Families, Support for educators, Support for families/caregivers, Support for service providers | 0 comments

One of the first things I remember hearing after my baby was born was, “You had a beautiful baby boy”. I named him Daniel and started dressing him in clothes made for boys. But, raising a child is often full of the unexpected. “Accept the children the way we accept trees—with gratitude, because they are a blessing—but do not have expectations or desires. You don’t expect trees to change, you love them as they are.”―Isabel...

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Parents say: Our LGBTQ Children have Changed our Lives – For the Better!

Posted on Feb 3, 2015 in Out Proud Families, Support for families/caregivers | 0 comments

People often think that having an LGBTQ+ child makes life difficult for parents. I wrote this post to offer a different perspective. Having a gender-creative little boy who is now an out proud gay man has made my life better in many ways. I reached out to find out if other parents feel the same way, and many do. Twelve parents from a range of cultural backgrounds and countries told me via Facebook, email, phone, and in-person about ways their...

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Six Cultural Barriers to Family Acceptance

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 in Out Proud Families, Support for families/caregivers | 0 comments

People often ask me about the cultural barriers that I see working with Latino families around family acceptance. I hesitate to answer this question because I don’t want to feed into stereotypes. The term culture is often used to talk about people who are considered different than the mainstream, but not about U.S. culture in general. This post discusses dominant cultural beliefs and norms related to gender and sexual orientation that I grew...

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Making it Easier for your Child to Come Out: 10 Tips for Parents and Caregivers

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 in Out Proud Families, Support for families/caregivers | 2 comments

Every day there are many young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender* (LGBT) people thinking about coming out. Many hope that coming out will give them freedom to be themselves with the people they love the most. For some, the thought of coming out is the scariest thing imaginable. If your child is thinking about coming out, you probably don’t know about it. If your child identifies as LGBT, you may not even have the slightest idea. Even...

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