From Woman’s Day
Though public acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people has grown over the years, many parents and family members of LGBTQ+ kids still struggle to know what to say when a child comes out, or they aren’t sure how to support the child as they age. But whether and how parents support an LGBTQ+ child can have far-reaching impacts on their happiness, health, and success.
One 2009 study found that LGB adults who reported high rates of parental rejection in their teens were “8.4 times more likely to report having attempted suicide, 5.9 times more likely to report high levels of depression, and 3.4 times more likely to use illegal drugs” than LGB peers who reported no- or low-levels of family rejection. Another 2010 study found that “LGBT young adults who reported high levels of family acceptance during adolescence