Our parents, or the people who raised us, mold our beliefs, teach us about rules to follow, show us how we should act and what roles we play. For example, at a young age we are nice to people or we have to deal with consequences such as time-out or a call home can follow. Parents play an important role in how their children will treat others. According to Kids in the House, "Knowing information early can help prevent so many of the self-esteem damaging experiences that LGBTQ and Trans individuals face.”
One of America's biggest social problem is discrimination towards the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ individuals can still be fired in workplaces just for simply being themselves and gay men are still banned from donating blood. Other issues include bullying and high suicide rates. It's important for children to understand the LGBTQ community and the problems they face. Diversity matters and by talking to your children they will grow to accept people that are different than they are, no matter how they identify, where they come from or what language they speak.
LGBTQ families also need support within their own communities. If your family is looking to connect with other LGBTQ families, join the LGBTQ Family Meet-up hosted by Ingrid Siss. These gatherings were intentionally created to build community and create a safe space for families. The Meet-ups happen every first Saturday of the month from 2-3:30pm.