If you child is doing things which make you wonder about their gender or sexual identity, or if your child comes out to you, don’t panic! Encourage them to talk to you or somebody else they trust. If they don’t want to talk or aren’t ready to talk, that’s OK too. Reassure them that you love them and support them no matter what.
You can also help by creating a safe space for your child as they develop their gender and sexual identity. You can create a safe space by:
- asking your child what they need from you and the rest of the family to feel safe and supported
- asking them what they need to feel safe at school
- supporting them to maintain their friendships
- letting them wear the clothes they want to wear
- letting them have the hairstyle they want
- ensuring that negative language about LGTBIQ people is not used
- connecting them to support services if needed
Bullying can be a concern for LGBTIQ children, particularly if they also have an intellectual disability and/or autism spectrum disorder. If you’re concerned about bullying, go to Bullying for more information.