One of the first Tumblr sites I started to follow when I first started “tumblring” was “Everyone is Gay”. It’s a Q&A/support site for those who seek advice about their sexuality, their relationships, and even how to deal with stress with their work, school, and family. The two women who run the site, Kristin and Dannielle, are charmingly funny, supportive, and provide excellent advice. I really do love reading what they have to say because sometimes, even if the question isn’t necessarily mine, I might have a similar issue and their responses have helped. When I came out as bi, this site certainly provided me with some much needed support and just a good feeling of “hey - I’m not alone and what I am and feeling is OK!”
Over the past year or so, they launched a new initiative called The Parents Project. They’ve turned their focus to parents and guardians of LGBTQ kids and I think this is a wonderful and necessary endeavor. They’ve done similar work here where they’ve addressed questions and concerns from parents about how to be supportive and engaging with their children who may be gay or questioning or working through gender dysmorphia. The questions range from simple ones like “how can I talk to my kid about their sexuality” to the more complicated ones like “how can I love my gay child if it’s against my faith”. They’ve taken a number of the questions they’ve received from parents and put them in a book.
A number of my friends on Facebook have recently had children or have had multiple children. Talking about sexuality is difficult, whether you’re the parent or the child. Outside pressures on both tend to keep the conversation to a minimum. The goal of this book is to hopefully give parents the tools for approaching the topic of sexuality and relationships with their children, especially if their child is not heterosexual. I know that most of my friends here are fairly open-minded and that if their child did come out to them, they would be loved and supported and encouraged to be the wonderful beings that they are. But, it’s still can be difficult and maybe a little scary.
I’m not saying to immediately go out and buy this book (I’m certainly not being paid to do so at any rate), but I wanted to help spread the word about it. This is an excellent initiative by a duo of women who have helped so many young folks out there on their road to self discovery. I don’t have kids now, but I very well might buy this book just to provide me a solid footing for when I do.