Looking for LGBTQ books that offer guidance on providing loving support to gay children?
Gay children guidance ─ Unconditional: A Guide to Loving and Supporting Your LGBTQ Child" provides parents of a LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning) child with a framework for helping their LGBTQ child navigate through a world that isn’t always welcoming. Author Telaina Eriksen, a professor at Michigan State University and the mother of a gay daughter, explains what she and her husband have learned through experience, including how to:
• deal with gay children coming out
• confront bullying of gay children
• become an advocate for gay children
• and, build a support system in a gay family
Gender and sexuality ─ Eriksen also covers the science on gender and sexuality and how to help a transgender child through the various stages of development. Throughout the book parents and kids who have been there, share their stories. She also directs gay family parents to various resources online to help them.
LGBTQ parents will learn…
• How to help their child navigate locker rooms, sleepovers, proms, etc.
• When to involve the police or school administration when it comes to bullying
• How to advocate for local, state and national policies that protect your child
• Ways to educate well-meaning, but misguided extended family members
• How to help start a Gay-Straight Alliance at your child’s school
• Strategies for keeping your child talking after he or she comes out
• Signs of unhealthy relationships
• When to consider therapy for your child and/or your family
• How to find an LGBTQ-friendly community (including inclusive churches)
When children are kind, courteous, and respectful, their positive actions can make a real difference. Making a Difference starts kids on the courtesy path by helping them understand the importance of showing politeness, speaking and acting kindly, being positive, respecting the feelings of others. Beautiful hand-drawn illustrations accompany Cheri's purposeful storytelling as she shows us once again how children can help to make the world a better place. Back pages Include discussion questions, scenarios, games and and role-play activities that help adults reinforce the book’s positive message.