Coming out as LGBTQ

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It can be very surprising to learn your child is trans. Naturally you will want to be supportive, but you may also have a lot of questions. Sue Chitayi, mother of a transgender son and parent volunteer at Gendered Intelligence, answers some of them in this Q&A. 

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Concrete steps you can take to learn more about your LGBTQ child and their identity.

Your child has come out. That’s great: it means that they feel confident about themselves and they are trusting you to be supportive.

But what do you actually say?

Gay men have a 'morning after' pill too - but many gay teenagers still don't know about it. And in fact, you don't have to take it the morning after - it's effective for up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. Little as you want to think about your child having unprotected sex, it does happen - and it's as well they know that there is something they can take to prevent them from developing HIV. Here's what one gay man wishes he'd known as a teenager.

Rainbow steps

Is your child uncertain about their sexuality? Are you half-expecting some big 'coming out' announcement? Richard Essery of Brook offers advice for parents on how to respond.