Must Read: This Is A Book For Parents Of Gay Kids
Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano
Photography by Cover Via Chronicle Books; Photo Via Everyone Is Gay
Even though we still have miles to go, we think we can all agree that the strides made in the LGBTQ community of late have been tremendous. However, this progress doesn’t always make it a cinch for gay youth to come out to their parents (and for their parents to handle the news). Which is why authors Danielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo (the ladies behind Everyone Is Gay) created the fabulous book, This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids: A Question & Answer Guide To Everyday Life, which comes out September 5th, but can be pre-ordered here.
An excellent read no matter what your child’s sexual orientation or gender identity, the book follows a Q&A format, so parents can quickly skip to the questions and concerns that apply to them. Those include “I think my very young child might be gay. What should I do?” “Am I allowed to ask questions?” “When should I tell people?” “My child wants to come out at school, but I am concerned for his safety.” “How will I handle sleepovers?” and so forth.
In addition to answering this huge bucket of questions in a very thoughtful and helpful manner, the authors also share their own coming out stories, as well as share the perspectives of third-party parents and kids, offer a large list of resources, a Safe Sex 101 guide, and a whole lot more.
All in all, we highly recommend this book, which boils down to a lesson in parental love, acceptance, compassion, and support. Chances are, even if your kid isn’t gay, you know a kid that is (and a parent raising him or her), and being informed by the right sources—we can’t think of anyone better than Owens-Reid and Russo—is key.
This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids: A Question & Answer Guide To Everyday Life, $9.99, Amazon.
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