I Think My Child is LGBT+…

I Think My Child is LGBT+…

Sometimes parents think that their child may be LGBT+, but because their child has not talked about it themselves, parents do not know how to broach the subject.

For many reasons Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) young people may not tell their parents about how they are feeling. They may not be aware of their own sexuality and, if they are, they may be having difficulties in coming to terms with it. Some young people may not tell their parents for fear of rejection, while others may feel, and even hope that “it is just a phase”, or “it will pass”, and therefore that there is no need to tell anyone.

Some children may feel insulted and upset if you raise the suggestion that they are LGBT+. Approaching the subject indirectly can be a good way to start. You could begin by talking to your child about sex and relationships. You could emphasise that you want them to be happy and secure and that you will always support them no matter what life decisions they make.

If you can show that you are relaxed about talking about sexuality, and that you have all the necessary facts, then your child may be more likely to talk to you about how they are feeling.