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Sexual orientation

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

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