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Sexuality and gender

It’s totally normal to feel overwhelmed or lost when understanding your child’s sexuality and gender - and they might feel the same! If you are feeling this way, there are things you can to do understand a bit more.

Sexuality and gender

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How can I help my child in this time?

  1. Make it clear you want to support them- tell them you accept them for who they are and will support them through this time.  
  2. Be open minded- if this is new for you, just listen and learn from your child. Whatever changes, they are still your child.  
  3. Finding a supportive group for your child can help- allowing your child to meet others like them whether in person or online e.g. Wirral LGBT Network   

This is a summary of tips from Young Minds

Sexuality and gender

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Looking for more?

Learn how to tailor your language when talking about gender identities to be respectful and spread awareness:

Gender Trust has a glossary which shows all the useful words you might need when discussing gender identity with your child. They also have articles on gender issues that may interest you!

Gender Trust

Strong Family Alliance LGBTQ parent guide

Young Mind – Parents guide – Gender identity


Time to reflect

When thinking about how you can support your child with their sexuality and gender…  

What are you already doing that you want to carry on doing? 

What have you learned that you could try today? 

What do you want to do next? 

Know what you want to do next?

Log into your free account (on the top right-hand side) to set a goal on something that’s important to you and your family – then you can check in to show yourself how far you’ve come.

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