Educating yourselfIf you have little to no knowledge of what it means to be an LGBTQ person, you should first align yourself with as much information as possible. If you have friends or other family members that you can reach out to, you should. Not only could they become great resources for you, but they may also, in time, become great allies for your son as he moves through the world. There is also an incredible amount of information to be found online, upbeat people to follow on social media, and even books in your local library to help you become a vital source of support and allyship your teen needs.
Fitting in at schoolYour teen may struggle to fit in at school, particularly junior high or middle school. If he struggles here, his struggles are pretty likely to follow him to high school. Here are a few things you and he can both do to help him with his struggles.
- Decide whether he wants to come out at school. This isn’t an easy decision to make, and it may need support from teachers and school administrators. It’s extremely personal and a decision only he can make for himself.
- Find out if there are others at school who can offer support for him. This may be other teens, teachers, or coaches.
- If he’s being bullied, or simply not fitting in, consider a hybrid model, homeschooling, or another option where he can feel supported at school.