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Supporting Parents

In BeLonG To we talk to parents regularly who have just been told by their son or daughter that they are Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual or Transgender (LGBT).

  • Is there a choice?

    Sexual orientation is not something we choose, but is rather, something which is formed within us.

    There is no conclusive evidence to establish why someone is born heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual or transgender.  It is important not to stereotype or label your children, but instead to allow them to define their own sexuality.

    For various reasons, whether they be personal, cultural, or religious, some people may be unhappy being attracted to members of their own sex, and may look for support to explore the reasons why.

    While it may often be helpful to provide support to someone who wishes to explore options, for others, it is not. In either case the views and wishes of your child should be respected, even if their views differ from yours.

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