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Gender and Sexuality

Many parents may struggle with questions about their children's
gender expression and sexuality at some point in their development.

It is important to not make assumptions about your child's sexuality or gender expression or identity based on stereotypes or guesses. Talking to your child about their sexuality and gender expression is one option, but it is important to be sensitive to their reaction. If you talk to your child, they may be relieved and be happy to tell you, or they may become frustrated and angry with your assumptions.

The most important thing to remember is that if your intuition is right, then your child needs your love, support and acceptance now more than ever.

Many parents struggle with feelings of loss, fear, and/or confusion when they find out their child has a different gender identity or sexuality than what they assumed. These feelings are normal, however it is important to find ways to work through these feelings away from your child and without including them in your healing and acceptance process.

Resources for Parents

  • Delisle Youth Services' Embracing Family program offers free, confidential, non-judgmental support workshops for parents and caregivers of LGBTQ+ youth. For more information or to register, please contact Maria Papadimitriou at (416) 482-0081 x 265 or mpapadimitriou@delisleyouth.org.
  • Learn about the experiences of other families with the Our Stories, Our Kids online tool.
  • Visit our list of local and online [document: Parent Resources]
  • For urgent support, please contact PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Toronto at (416) 406-6378 or PFLAG Canada at 888-530-6777 (toll-free).

    LGBTQ+: It’s more than just the letters!
    Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Trans, Queer, Questioning and anyone who identifies along the sexual diversity and/or gender diversity spectrum regardless of what label they choose for themselves.