Parenting LBGT Youth


"When your child 'comes out' to you, thank them. Thank them for loving and trusting you enough to share this important part of themselves with you. They have given you a gift, an opportunity to interact with them in an open and honest way. It means they want your approval and your love and they feel like they have a better than 50% chance of getting it or they wouldn’t have risked the disclosure."

Lisa Allred, LCSW, is our Work/Life Parent Senior Program Manager and a former child therapist.  She also parents a LGBT youth.  In this podcast, Lisa shares what to do if a parent suspects their child is gay, how to respond when your child “comes out” to you, and what not to do as a parent whose child has come out.  Lisa also explores how your life can change after your teen comes out.

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About Author

Page Cvelich

College/Teen Program Manager

Page Cvelich has brought a wealth of knowledge to the Work/Life Center from prior experience as a high school guidance counselor and parent education coordinator. Page has been responsible for setting up a high school college and career center, designing a career exploration program for teens and serving as a counselor at a backpacking camp in the Rockies. In her role as Teen/College Program Manager, Page enjoys interacting with small groups of parents and teens, as well as consulting one-on-one with parents and referring them to resources so that they are better able to provide the support and encouragement their kids need.

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