Help for parents of LGBTQ children
My Kid Is Gay, the US website dedicated to helping parents understand children who are LGBTQ, has released an electronic care package for parents in celebration of this year’s National Coming Out Day, Tuesday 11 October.
The e-care package, Coming Out With Care, is designed for parents of ‘newly out’ children and will include a welcome video from My Kid Is Gay co-founder Kristin Russo, as well as advice on common queries such as ‘Should I tell other people?’, ‘Is this a phase?’ and ‘How do I reconcile my child’s identity with my religion?.’
The package also includes a list of LGBTQ support organisations, a guided journaling and colouring page designed by artist Cameron Glavin, an excerpt from This Is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids (Co-written by Russo and Dannielle Owens-Reid in 2014) and a music playlist created by US comedian, writer and actor Brittani Nichols.
Speaking about Coming Out With Care Kristin Russo said:
‘While coming out narratives and National Coming Out Day primarily focus on LGBTQ individuals themselves, My Kid Is Gay views this day as a unique opportunity to offer support to parents & caregivers who, after their child comes out, also go through their own process of coming out as the family member of an LGBTQ child.’
The e-care package will be available free of charge by using the sign-up form here.
Launched by Kristin Russo and Dannielle Owens-Reid in 2014, My Kid Is Gay has a whole archive of helpful resources for parents on family and parenting, bullying, legal rights, mental health, religion, sex and more.
National Coming Out Day has been held on the 11 October every year since 1988. The date was chosen to commemorate the 1987 national March on Washington for lesbian and gay rights. The day is now observed in the US, UK and Switzerland.