By Bryce McDougall

Written through mom and dad who've a homosexual or lesbian baby, this compilation of letters might help mom and dad care for emotions of bewilderment, embarrassment, guilt, or anger, whereas exhibiting how traditional households have came across love, happiness, and normalcy back. up-to-date with new tales and reviews, this version recognizes that whereas a courageous baby frequently takes time to come back to phrases along with his sexuality prior to sharing his emotions, mom and dad are usually surprised and beaten with little time to react. jointly those letters reaffirm the therapeutic strength of aid and make allowance people with first-hand wisdom to stipulate the stairs towards figuring out and the significance of assisting their youngsters proportion the reality.

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It is just something within us that happens—it is not a conscious thing, it just is! We have supported our daughter from that time on and have shared her life, her loves, her ups, her downs. We have been there when her relationships have broken up, to pick up the pieces, loving and supporting her just as we have for our son. We have made some very special friendships with Jo’s girlfriends and have earned the respect of all of her gay friends. My husband and I feel blessed that we have had the experience of having a gay child as it has opened our eyes and expanded our lives to greater dimensions, and our bonds of love and support between the family unit of my husband, myself, our son and our daughter is stronger because of it.

He then went to Jo’s room as she had gone to bed. He held her and they cried and talked for a couple of hours. This was the first time in about three years that they had touched as Jo had over the last few years become very sullen, withdrawn and quite rude to us all, but in particular to her father. She explained to us later that she was frightened of her father’s reaction to the news that his only daughter was gay. Jo told us that to come out to us was such a great relief—to have this huge load lifted from her heart and not have to lie to us ever again.

I asked her about it. She told me that they were bored in class and ‘messing around’. She was mixing with girls a lot older than her with her sport and I was wondering about her relationship with one girl in particular. I actually came straight out and asked her if she was having a lesbian relationship with this girl. She assured me that she wasn’t and then asked me not to tell her father about our discussion. So the subject was closed. I continued to observe her for the next few years as I was still unsure.

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