I recently wrote a guest post for the Radical Parenting site. Here’s an excerpt:
As a straight parent, you probably will find his announcement shocking, painful, and off-putting. Try not to respond with volcanic anger, silence or remarks negating his/her same-sex orientation. Remember that it is a supreme compliment that your child has revealed his private life and inner self even though it means the loss of your expectations for what you thought was a heterosexual child…
Read the rest of the post at http://www.radicalparenting.com/2012/02/12/what-do-you-say-to-your-childs-coming-out/
When Your Child Is Gay: What You Need To Know
For more detailed advice, see book, co-authored with a mother of a gay son and a psychiatrist, Jonathan L. Tobkes, M.D.