Let Your Gay Kids Be Gay — They Were Born That Way

I can say now that I knew I was gay when I was around six, although I didn’t know that what I felt was called “homosexuality.” At that time (in the late sixties and early seventies) there were no gay role models, no support from peers or adults, no one to talk to about what I was feeling. I most assuredly could not talk to parents about it. Most of the information I could find about homosexuality was outdated and negative, and the name-calling from kids at school was devastating. I fought against my feelings and desires as hard as I could for over 20 years. I even got married to a woman at 19, and we had a son five years later. It was three years after that when I could no longer live in denial of who I was — and had been since birth — GAY! I was finally ready to accept what I had been hiding (and hiding from) for so long.
 No child should have to suffer or hide — like I did — in their growing-up years. My advice to parents is this: Kids KNOW when they KNOW, regardless of age. Please be supportive and loving. Celebrate and encourage your child to discover the greatness that is within them. Your gay child needs you to be there for them. And you’ll all be better for it.

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Originally published at fabulousmind.wordpress.com on August 17, 2015.

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