Resolving issues that straight parents face raising LGBTQ children
Emphasizing communication and unconditional love, Davidson and Tobkes help parents untangle their own feelings, identify and overcome barriers to acceptance of their LGBTQ children. The authors share with readers how to encourage strong self-esteem in their children, react favorably to their childrens’ coming outs, and more.
During the last few years, Wesley has concentrated her writing on the LGBTQ community. Her book When Your Child is Gay: What You Need To Know (Sterling, 2016) is based on her experience as a mother of a gay son. It is co-authored with Manhattan psychiatrist, Jonathan L. Tobkes, M.D.
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“I applaud Wesley for bringing advice and support to parents whose first priority is giving their child the unconditional love that they deserve.”
Glennda Testone, Executive Directory, The LGBT Community Center
The book that countless straight parents are waiting for! Author and mother Wesley Davidson, as well as other parents, provide caring advice about the challenges that straight parents face raising gender-non-conforming children. Co-author gay psychiatrist Jonathan L. Tobkes, M.D. brings comfort and insight as well as practical tips to parents who need a helping hand.
Larry Robins, Straight Ally
I wish I had this book when I found out my son was gay! Authors Davidson and Tobkes provide useful tips to help parents adjust to their child’s sexual orientation. Straight parents and LGBT kids also share how they coped with the issues that surface around coming out.
Maureen Salamon, Journalist
The author writes from a place of knowdedge and compassion. This is a valuable resource for every home where straight parents and their LGBT children reside.
David McKinnon, Past President at PFLAG of Vero Beach