We sat down with Sarah Hagger-Holt, co-author of the new book "Pride and Joy: A Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans Parents" to talk about LGBT parenthood and all of the trials and celebrations that come with it.
"That’s the moment I decided to stop lying, to stop hiding. That’s when I stopped caring what people thought. That’s when I stepped out of the open door of the closet I had trapped myself in for too long. "
Back in 2011, Kristin Russo wrote this letter at Everyone Is Gay for a young person whose mother was struggling with her child’s sexuality. We hope these words can serve as an important reminder to many more parents out there. Your child loves you.
Today, mother Christie Draper talks honestly and openly about struggles she faced when her son came out as gay to her, and how she was able to accept and love her son through it all, as well as become an activist for all LGBTQ people.
Vanessa Fabbre is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. We recently had a chance to talk to her about her photography and interview project, To Survive on This Shore, which discusses growing older and coming out as trans later in life.
When her daughter, Abbey, was outed, Carmella tried to explain it all away and put her daughter in a neatly defined box. Read about how Carmella then challenged those tendencies to accept her daughter as she is at any given moment.
Coming out is a process, one that does not have a set end point for most LGBTQ people. Nicole shares how and why it took her years to fully come out to herself and to her family, along with explaining how much easier it is now as opposed to during her adolescence.
Linda Ulanoff talks about mourning the loss of the vision she had for herself as the mother of a daughter, telling others, reaching acceptance, and growing closer to her child through the coming out process.
Five years have passed since Jacquelyn Delcamp came out to her parents. Find out how acknowledging the things they all shoved under the rug for so long has helped her to shed her feelings of shame and fear, despite conflicting beliefs.