I want to provide some resources that have been very helpful to me in my journey. Check back periodically, as I will update this page as I discover helpful things. I am a strong believer in educating yourself, taking these things before God, and then allow the Holy Spirit to guide and transform you on this sometimes difficult, sometimes lonely, but always deeply meaningful journey.
Get to know your LGBTQ friends, family, and neighbors. It’s truly the best education. It is so helpful to hear their stories. Most of all, if it’s your child, talk to them and actively listen. Don’t feel the need to always have a response or discipline them for expressing their true feelings, thoughts. If you can be a safe place for them to express these, you will win their confidence and start the long process of their healing. Fear of rejection from you is one of the biggest fears they have. Keep this in mind. And when you mess up (because we all do!), apologize and start over.
Help for Suicidal and Homeless LGBTQ Youth:
The Trevor Project (Also an organization to give charitable contributions if you are the kind that likes to support worthy causes.)
Reconciling Faith and Sexuality
For educating yourself on sexuality :
This is the link to a pediatrician’s blog. One of her blogs, “Unfolding Miracles : Human Sexuality,” is a wonderful explanation of our gender and sexuality development. She is a wife, mother, and follower of Christ, too!
This is a devotional by Lysa TerKeurst about feeling rejected. There are so many times on this journey that we can feel rejected or “in the closet.” Sometimes someone will say something and not mean anything by it, but because of your own wounds you end up taking what they said and adding in a whole story that may not be true. Examining your own hurts and wounds with honesty will help you discern if someone said something that was truly to hurt you, or if it is a story that you built up in your own heart/mind because of your own wounded-ness.