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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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This article was originally published in the NYMetroParents on July 19, 2016. The information contained in the article is still applicable, based on my book When Your Child Is Gay: What You Need To Know, co-authored with psychiatrist Jonathan L. Tobkes, M.D.  Luckily, as of July, 2021, there are more than twenty-two U.S. states that…

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This article was co-written with Nasir Fleming and originally published on the HuffPost Contributor Platform on 10/2/16. The advice is still pertinent. Coming Out: Preparation Is Key (Tips from a Straight Mother & Gay Teen) It’s my favorite time of year again: pumpkin spice flavored beverages, warm clothing, and barely starting to get a hang on…

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