Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Parents and LGBT Youth

If you're concerned about the well-publicized plight of LGBT youth, here are a couple of items from 365Gay.com that are more hope than mope.

The first is an account of a new study that for the first time clearly demonstrates that LGBT kids with accepting families have better emotional health.

"The study shows that specific parental and caregiver behaviors – like standing up for their children when they are mistreated because of their LGBT identity or supporting their gender expression – help to prevent depression, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts in early adulthood."

In other words, huzzah for parents who defend rather than offend.

The other item is a first-person piece called "I am a Marine; My Son Liked Dolls. What Happened Next."

Admit it: You want to know.