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Sexual orientation

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    • Sexual Orientation
      Acceptance and Support
      Kelly Law
    • Statistics
      2 to 3% of people identify as lesbian, gay or bi- sexual
      Many individuals do not divulge this information due to fear of rejection and negative connotations
      Nature vs. nurture
      Evidence supporting both sides
    • Processes & Techniques
      Grieving Process (parents)
      - Denial, depression, anger, bargaining, acceptance
      - Typical to experience some or all these stages; however, does not have to be linear
      “Coming out” process for homosexual individual as well as parents
      - Parents also experience “coming out” to other family members as well as friends, so it’s a process that the entire family is involved in
    • Processes & Techniques Cont…
      Stage in the family life cycle
      Family dynamics as well as stressors can impact the “coming out” process; make it clear that these dynamics and stressors are not a result of their sexuality
      Communication training
      Work on verbal responses and communication with your child, as well as how the child will respond to questions and concerns from the parents
    • Processes & Techniques Cont…
      Problem- solving training
      The family as whole needs to be involved in how to appropriately handle the information, and how they can agree on boundaries, if any are needed
    • Coming out to oneself and others
      Three phase sequence
      Feeling different
      - Sexual questioning in regards to attraction and the self
      - Experience an inner struggle & deep sense of isolation
      - Alcohol & drug use as a form of coping
      - Suicidal thoughts: Unfortunately, many young people commit suicide due to feeling inadequate and confused, which can lead to bullying
    • Coming out to oneself and others
      Self- acceptance
      - React positively to strengthen the individuals view & create a valid, meaningful, fulfilling identity
      - Contact with other lesbian, gay, and bi- sexual individuals is important for reaching this phase
    • Education
      Sociological Theory
      Dispels myths & stereotypes, provide realistic notion of quality of life homosexual men & women can expect
      Provide guidance regarding lifestyle adaptations (Social adjustment)
      Focus attention on appropriate questions and timeframes
      Provides education regarding homosexual lifestyle
    • The path to acceptance and support
      Increase the parents education and move them towards acceptance
      Improve communication and problem solving abilities
      Increase self- confidence in order to lead to self- acceptance
      Talk openly with your child and vice versa to keep communication open and honest
    • Resources
      Human Rights Campaign
      LGBT groups at colleges
      LGBT associations
      PFLAG- Parents, families, and friends of Lesbians and Gays