Other Family Members

Coming out to other family members is often a process that involves parents, after discussion. Some parents leave it to the discretion of their son or daughter…

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A Parent's Story

The shock of hearing our son say he is gay is one we will always live with. Although I had my suspicions, until he put it into words…

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Brenda's Story

Brenda Oakes is a founder member of FFLAG. About three weeks before he was due to go to University in 1983, Mike dropped his bombshell and announced to Jim and…

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Jackie's Story

When we have children we know that things will happen along the way, as they grow up… which we possibly hadn't planned for like swimming with sharks,

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A Mother's Anguish

I originate from the Caribbean where many people hold deeply religious beliefs which informs their views about homosexuality. My Christian fundamentalist mother…

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A Father's Story

There wasn't a Damascus moment. It was more like osmosis - a drip feed of information about our daughter's lifestyle that led us to the conclusion that she was gay…

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A Mother's Story

Coming from a black family I always knew that homosexuality was frowned upon in our culture.  I never thought in a million years that one day my lovely son would tell me he is gay…

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Reactions & Feelings

Bianca and Jon have one daughter of 21 who came out 5 years ago when she was 16. They were: ‘…a bit surprised, as she is very girly, but not shocked. We were worried that other…

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Ruby Lee
Other Family Members

Coming out to other family members is often a process that involves parents, after discussion. Some parents leave it to the discretion of their son or daughter. Gabrielle says: ‘We have…

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Ruby Lee
Helps & Hindrances

Parents who have had no difficulties in accepting their son or daughter’s sexuality cite a number of helping factors. For Marcia it is her attitude to life: ‘I am very open-minded about most things…

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Finding Out

In most cases, parents found out about their child’s sexuality when their son or daughter told them. Bianca and Jon’s daughter told both her parents

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