LGBT Lincolnshire Parents Support
Two short films which describes the great struggles that someone faces when they wish to transition. The first one highlights the transition from man to woman, and the second one from woman to man.
OK you can guess it is from USA but the gut feelings express here are truly encouraging. How would the other members of the family cope? I love the quote from one of the daughters "I was immaculate conception, ’cause God just wanted you to have me,”. To her it is a matter of fact. Nevertheless, the article continues to discuss the typical question of sex but asks why? We wouldn't normally ask someone about their sex life... would you? No, probably not but generally conversation does appear to focus upon the operation. The editors called upon GLAAD, the US equivalent to FFLAG, to reiterate that we need to focus upon the person and allow them to live.
Excellent article, what do you think?
This describes many parents, who have a faith, and their initial battle with their child coming out. It describes the issues really well. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/freedhearts/2013/06/10/to-the-parents-of-gay-children/
I particularly like the bit where it says 'Now is the key time to embrace your child'. Regardless of your faith this IS the time to embrace your child - to demonstrably show that you love your child totally.
We also liked the part where you should not face the guilt. We may have missed the early signs but we did not cause this - it is natural and we now want to help them live. Not deal with it, it's not a complaint or illness. We want to help them live. It may be difficult for us but it is far more difficult for them - so we'll support them. Many times we may well be shocked but at times like that we need to move away from our own plans for them, our aspirations for their career, and reflect that this is their life and we need to be there to help them, to support them and to love them on their journey.
On Saturday 7th February we travelled to Two23's meeting in St Mary Aldemary Church in central London. Here we met up with other parents who have LGBT children, not to commiserate in any way but to grow as parents who wish to truly love their children. We want to gain a deeper understanding of their issues facing them, the pain and anguish they faced when coming out and how to deepen that love in the months and years ahead. Together our friendships have deepened as we have shared how we have seen our love grow. We have heard from LGBT folk of their journey, from their perspective. Diverse Church are looking to broaden the range of hubs so that parents are supported across the land. We want to be part of that as well.
After the parents session we joined the whole congregation, 150 LGBT Christians who vibrantly want to express their faith and joy in their worship. This was a truly amazing experience. The next sessions are on 18th April, 13th July and 19th September. We'd really recommend going.
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