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Family Acceptance



Our cultural narrative is that our families are our primary sources of support, security, and love. Unfortunately, many of us don’t have that experience. Sometimes, members of our family actively reject us or part of who we are, withholding physical, emotional, or financial support unless we behave in the way they want. We hide or mask pieces of ourselves in order to be accepted by the ones—we are told—who love us the most. If we start insisting on being ourselves or enforcing boundaries against abusive or disrespectful behavior, we can be the ones accused of rejecting them. This is an incredibly painful process that can be made worse by those who feel that it is more important to maintain the image of a happy cohesive family than to be respected and have our needs met. We each have our own boundaries to negotiate and decisions to make about how far we’re willing to go to have our families accept us for who we are.

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Young Man Comes Out as Gay to His Traditional Asian Parents l What Would You Do?

Asian parents tell their son that he is an embarrassment to their culture for being gay. What will nearby diners say?

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Gender Queer: A Memoir

In 2014, Maia Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir pronouns, thought that a comic of reading statistics would be the last autobiographical comic e would ever write. At the time, it was the only thing e felt comfortable with strangers knowing about em. Now, Gender Queer is here.

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4 Tips for Coming Out to Your Parents | Queer 101 | The Advocate

Susan Cottrell, the Christian mom behind freedhearts.org, gives you 4 tips for coming out to your parents (as someone with two queer kids, she's been there before).

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We Have Always Been Here

A memoir of hope, faith and love, Samra Habib's story starts with growing up as part of a threatened minority sect in Pakistan, and follows her arrival in Canada as a refugee, before escaping an arranged marriage at sixteen.

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5 Tips for Parents of LGBT Kids | Queer 101 | The Advocate

Susan Cottrell, the Christian mom behind freedhearts.org, gives advice to parents of lgbt kids.

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Becoming a Man: The Story of a Transition

Becoming a Man is a “moving narrative [that] illuminates the joy, courage, necessity, and risk-taking of gender transition” (Kirkus Reviews). For fifty years P.

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Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity

Solomon’s startling proposition in Far from the Tree is that being exceptional is at the core of the human condition—that difference is what unites us.

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Unconditional: A Guide to Loving and Supporting Your LGBTQ Child

Unconditional: A Guide to Loving and Supporting Your LGBTQ Child provides parents of a LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning) child with a framework for helping their LGBTQ child navigate a world that isn’t always welcoming. Tips from a mother with experience.

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Transgender Teen: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Teens

Is it just a phase, a fad, or a real issue with your teen? This comprehensive guidebook explores the unique challenges that thousands of families face every day raising a teenager who may be transgender, gender-variant or gender-fluid.

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Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children

Here is the first book to ever invite mothers of transgender and gender variant children of all ages to tell their own stories about their child’s gender transition. It offers a view that will educate everyone about the trans experience.

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