How Would You React if Your Child Was Gay?

United States
April 15, 2007 5:32pm CST
I know we would all like to think the best of ourselves, but what do you think your honest reaction would be if your child told you they were gay?
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@cyntrow (8524)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Well, last year when my son was 15, he told me he was gay. I wasn't surprised. Not because he's at all effeminite, because he isn't. I wasn't surprised, because his natural father is gay and I have homosexuality on my side of the family as well. My only concern is that he remain safe. Homosexuality is inborn, hardwired, and probably genetic. Anyone who would condemn their child for being gay, is attempting to tell the child to be something he/she is not.
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@jennifer611 (2502)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I probably would be a little upset just because I would love for each of my sons to get married one day and have kids. but either way, I love each of my children and no matter what decisions they make in their lives I am still going to be here beside them the whole way. we cant live their lives for them and cant make them live their lives a certain way, they have to make their own decisions so that they can be happy in life.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
15 Apr 07
The exact same way I would react if he were straight or bi. Though I suppose since I'm bi, and my father is gay, I have a different perspective on the issue that most people. I actually struggled for a while with wondering if someday I would have a straight child who would feel he disappointed me by being straight. I'm so involved in gay community stuff, and am always advocating GLBT rights, that he might even wonder if I preferred that he be gay or bi than straight. However, now that I actually have a child (he's almost 1 now!) I think about how I will raise him, and how he will know that I always love him for exactly who he is.
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@waynet (2650)
17 Apr 07
It would just be another day for me, the world is a stupid place at times, why bother to complain about this so long as he is alright in his/her self then that is ok by me! Mind you there might be more of a chance that there may not be any grand kids.... Boo hoo!!
• Australia
16 Apr 07
I would love them regardless.