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.
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.
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 Parents' Weekend and Sibs Day, in addition to ongoing support and resources, that help parents stay connected with their students throughout the college experience.
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.
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.