Parents & Families

When your child or family member comes out to you, it can be difficult to know what to do next. You might experience a range of emotions, such as fear, excitement, sadness, and relief. You may have questions about what your child's life will be like as an LGBTQIA-identified person. If your child is a prospective student, you may worry about how they'll adjust to campus life or if they'll be able to make new friends. The most important thing is to show them that you care and that you’re taking steps to provide them with support.

At the LGBTQIA Resource Center, we’re here to support families as well as students. If you have questions about how to be there for your student who has come out or is struggling with issues of identity, please reach out to us. We’re more than happy to provide support and point you in the direction of resources on and off campus.

 

General Information

LGBTQIA Resource Center

We offer a number of events, programs, and support groups to help your student acclimate to the campus environment and form new friendships. We're also happy to meet with your child in person to discuss which kinds of support they need and how to access those resources. 

 

Parent & Family Programs

Georgia Tech Parent And Family Programs is a department that supports all parents and family members of Tech students to ensure that students have the support they need in all aspects of campus life. They offer programs such as Family Weekend and Sibs Day, in addition to ongoing support and resources that help parents stay connected with their students throughout the college experience. 

 

Helping Families Support Their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Children

A practice brief from the Director of the Family Acceptance Project to help families accept their LGBT children. It includes basic information about LGBT identities, shares critical research about the impact that families can have on a queer person's health, and provides social, cultural, and religion based strategies for supporting LGBT youth.

 

Faith-based

Believe Out Loud

Believe Out Loud is an online community that empowers Christians to work for justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people.

 

LGBT Parents

The Human Rights Campaign

The HRC provides current resources that address the many potential paths to parenthood and provides tools to address issues facing LGBTQ-headed families and LGBTQ youth.

 

Mombian

Mombian is a website for lesbian moms and other LGBTQ parents that offers news about LGBTQ families, parenting tips, reviews of books and media, and legal news and commentary.  

 

Support Groups

PFLAG

Founded in 1972, PFLAG is the nation's largest family and ally organization. Their mission is to unite people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies.

PFLAG Atlanta

PFLAG Marrieta

PFLAG John's Creek

 

Books

This Is A Book For Parents Of Gay Kids: A Question & Answer Guide to Everyday Life by Dannielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo

Trans Body, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community by Laura Erickson-Schroth

‚ÄčTrans-Kin: A Guide for Family and Friends of Transgender People edited by Eleanor A. Hubbard and Cameron T. Whitley 

Helping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents by Irwin Krieger

Always My Child: A Parent's Guide to Understanding Your Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, or Questioning Son or Daughter by Kevin Jennings and Pat Shapiro