The LGBT Health & Development Program

When a Child Comes Out, Lead with Love


Posted on August 16th, 2012 by Dr. Mustanski in Allies, Non-IMPACT Video, Research Blog, Youth Blog. No Comments

Research by the IMPACT program and many other scientists has shown that parental support is protective for a variety of health issues like HIV, mental health, and substance use.  Our colleague Dr. David Huebner, a Psychologist and expert in LGBT health, recently produced a film designed to answer the question, “what do I do if my child is gay?” Lead With Love is a 35-minute documentary created  to provide comfort, information, and guidance for parents who have recently learned that their son or daughter is lesbian, gay, or bisexual. The film follows four families as they share their honest reactions to hearing that their child is gay, including the intense emotions, fears, and questions that it raised. Interviews with psychologists, teachers, and clergy provide factual answers to parents’ most commonly asked questions, as well as concrete guidance to help parents keep their children healthy and safe during this challenging time.





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