The Strong Family Alliance provides a resource website for parents whose children are coming out. This project is to develop a logo that will be used on the website. We suggest that you avoid any gender markers (ie circle w/arrow) as there may be transgender or questioning kids involved who don't fall neatly into male/female. Please also avoid paired images that hint at gay marriage as our parents may be a long way from accepting that and we aren't trying to change their social beliefs, just help them love and stay connected with their kids.
There are other LGBTQ support, education and advocacy organizations and resources, but few:
- Target the early critical days of crisis and upheaval in the family identity
- Are addressed specifically to parents
- Speak to family, social and faith concerns
It’s well-known that LGBTQ youth are at higher risk of serious and life-long risk factors such as suicide attempts, depression, illegal drug use, homelessness, STDs, and low self-esteem. This often contributes to the fear and grief parents experience when their child comes out. Parental response is the single biggest determinant of an escalated risk of negative outcomes. The more family connection is preserved, the less risk a youth faces.
When youth come out during teen years rather than after leaving home, the family reaction has even more impact. Our goal is to help parents preserve their family and protect their child by providing accurate information, best practices, resources and support as their family identity changes.