my child identifies as LGBTQ...

 

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what do I do now, what's next?

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.

 

 

"My child went through so many emotions with their identity, I had no idea. To see them celebrate their individuality, against all odds, is inspiring"

 –Passages Parent –

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the first step, education.

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. 

 

What does LGBTQ mean?

LGBTQ encompasses the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning orientations. However, the LGBTQ community has evolved & expanded to include more gender identities.

Gender Non-Conforming?

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. 

which orientation is which?

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.

 

The best way to learn? Through Stories. Watch this video to better understand what LGBTQ+ youth have gone through. 

 

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 second, be supportive.

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. 

 

How do I support my 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.

Where can I go to for questions?

The person who knows most about your child’s situation is your child! Don’t be afraid to ask them questions.

The Passages program hosts a parent group every month.

Our next meeting will be on June 21, 2017  from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project located at 4050 Pennsylvania Ave, Ste 135 Kansas City, MO 64111.

 Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is also a great support resource in the area for parents

Reach Out for Additional Support

Parents can reach out to peer groups for in person support or read supportive materials from the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project. However you prefer to learn and adjust, we're here for you. 

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Passages can benefit your child

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. 

 

A Safe Place

KC Passages is a safe place for youth to hang out with their peers, adult mentors, and program guides.

Peers Who Accept

Our youth come from every walk of life and represent all orientations. Your child will be loved and embraced by their peers.

Improved Self Esteem

Simply feeling accepted in their own skin, your child will feel more confident. Youth can express themselve and find support with their peers.

 

join us and support our cause.

We make an impact on the lives of LGBTQ+ youth in Kansas City. We always look to the community for monetary and in-kind donations. If you're looking to volunteer your time, we love parents to come to a Passages event. 

 
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Contact Us

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