Category Archives for Parent, Family and Friends of LGBT Individuals

Suicides are really a “Hate Crime”

I am former Navy, have many LGBT family members and even more LGBT friends. It pains me that young people of any sexual identity kill themselves, but particularly if they have been bullied into doing so. Chely Wright said it best when she said such suicides are really a “Hate Crime” – because they are. […]

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There is no judging here. I just love them all

I am a mother of two teenagers who has the pleasure of having their friends come to our home all the time. They all know they are welcome and have shared many stories with us. A lot are struggling with their sexuality, some with problems at home/parents/peers who tease. My daughter is a member of […]

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I wonder about the security of my job…

I am a professor at a small, private, Catholic college where many students identify as lesbian, but the silence here on homosexuality is startling. These students aren’t bullied, but the ways in which they are treated as invisible is nevertheless deeply troubling. Both my research on lesbian writers and the GLSEN Safe Space sticker on […]

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How can it be wrong to find love in another person?

I heard Chely’s story on Oprah and I could no longer sit and watch the wrong going on around me. My heart didn’t just break, it fractured. I’m not a gay man, I love women, but how can it be wrong to find love in another person, no matter what their gender. Life is too […]

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God made me as I am and no one can separate me from the love of God

I knew I was a lesbian at an early age (around 7 y.o.) I knew at that age because my mother was a pentecostal preacher, so the churches we attended not only explained what being a lesbian was, all homosexuals were condemned to eternal hell-fire. Needless to say I spent years (about 9) begging God […]

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She felt I had wronged her by “choosing” to be gay

I am an out gay women who has been active in my community for over 45 years. I came out when I was 18 years old in my first year in college, when I fell in love with my freshman English professor. When I told members of my family, each one reacted in a different […]

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Starting High School is Hard Enough…

Starting High School is hard enough. I always knew I was different but I didn’t know how exactly. My last year in middle school I started to watch all of my friends develop crushes for boys, i never did. I thought that I had not found the right guy yet. I found out that it […]

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I am the mother of fraternal twins…

I am the mother of fraternal twins (now 33 years old) – one twin is lesbian and the other twin is female-to-male (FTM) transgender. It was a shock and I was not prepared to be confronted with children who identified as lesbian or transgender because sexual and gender identity development was not taught at school […]

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I, myself, am not gay. I have a friend who is…

I, myself, am not gay. I have a friend who is, and I want to share my story of friendship with him, with you. I will nickname my friend Z for sake of the story where I’d say his name. I have been friends with Z for 10 years now. 4 years ago, he called […]

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Raised to believe that being gay was wrong…

I am a straight, Christian conservative who was raised to believe that being gay was wrong, and I believed it for most of my 34 years, but the more I’ve learned about homosexuality and the more people I meet, the more I realize that I was wrong. I can’t imagine what it must be like […]

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