my child identifies as LGBTQ...
Passages isn't only a resource to support youth. We're here to help you sort through the combination of emotions you’re feeling, answer the questions you’re silently asking, and connect you to community resources that can help guide you towards acceptance.
It is a common misconception to assume that being gay is a “phase” that youth will grow out of. Gender is not influenced by having a gay friend, reading about homosexuality, or hearing about gay people from others. These myths are common and also incorrect. Education and support are the best ways to become accepting of others.
LGBTQ encompasses the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning orientations. However, the LGBTQ community has evolved & expanded to include more gender identities.
The gender non-conforming identity means these individuals don’t follow traditional expectations about how they should look or act based on the male or female sex they were assigned at birth.
It’s best to know the differences between all of the orientations. So when you ask, you can understand every perspective and expression. Educate yourself on all orientations.
Educating yourself about the LGTBQ community should never stop. We recommend always keeping an open mind and listening to other's stories, from different perspectives than your own. The more open minded and knowledgeable you are, the better you can support your child.
Tell your child you love them. Ask family members to respect your LGBTQ+ child. Stand up for your LGBTQ+ child when they are mistreated or harassed by others. Be their champion.
The person who knows most about your child’s situation is your child! Don’t be afraid to ask them questions. Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a great support resource in the area for parents
As supportive as family can be, youth need their peers to help them through the toughest times. Peers that are going through, or have gone through, the same things. Finding a group where they feel safe and accepted can offer intangible benefits to your child.
KC Passages is a safe place for youth to hang out with their peers, adult mentors, and program guides.
Our youth come from every walk of life and represent all orientations. Your child will be loved and embraced by their peers.
Simply feeling accepted in their own skin, your child will feel more confident. Youth can express themselve and find support with their peers.
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