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FAP researchers found that accepting families come from all ethnic and class backgrounds, including families with no formal education or income. FAP researchers identified and measured more than 50 behaviors that parents and caregivers used to
support their child’s LGBT identity.

Families can support their child’s LGBT identity even when they feel uncomfortable or when they think being gay or transgender is wrong. In fact, over time, most parents, families, and caregivers become less rejecting and more supportive of their LGBT children. Education, accurate information, and peer support help parents and families deal with their concerns and learn how to help their children and themselves.

LGBT young adults whose parents and foster parents support them have better overall health, and mental health. They also have higher self-esteem. And they
are much less likely to be depressed, to use illegal drugs, or to think about killing themselves or to attempt suicide.

LGBT youth who are accepted by their families are much more likely to believe they will have a good life and will become a happy, productive adult. In families that are not at all accepting of their adolescent’s gay or transgender identity, only about 1 in 3 young people believes they will have a good life as a gay adult. But in families that are extremely accepting, nearly all LGBT young people believe they can have a happy, productive life as an LGBT adult.

Supportive parents and families can help build self esteem and a positive sense of self in gender nonconforming children and teens. They can help them learn positive coping skills and how to deal with ridicule and discrimination from others. Gender variant youth who are supported by their families are at lower risk for health and mental health problems as young adults. They have greater well-being and are better adjusted than those whose parents do not support or try to change their gender expression. FAP research shows that just a little change for parents, foster parents, guardians, and caregivers can reduce an LGBT young person’s risk for serious health problems. So being a little less rejecting and a little more supportive can reduce your child’s risk for suicide or HIV infection and for other health problems.

Resources

Family Services Windsor-Essex

1770 Langlois Ave. 
Windsor, ON, N8X4M5
Phone: 519-966-5010
www.fswe.ca

At Family Services Windsor-Essex, we provide programs and services to enrich the community we live in by focusing on the needs of the people in it!

PFLAG Canada

1554 Carling Ave, Suite 243
Ottawa, ONT, K1Z 7M4
Toll Free Phone: 1-888-530-6777
www.pflagcanada.ca

PFLAG Canada is a national charitable organization, founded by parents who wished to help themselves and their family members understand and accept their non-heterosexual children. The "coming-out" process can be a critical time for families. When the adjustment period is particularly long or painful, relationships can become permanently damaged, resulting in a lifetime of emotional scars. People cannot always rise above the challenge of accepting themselves or their family member, and the results can be devastating, even fatal. We support these families through today, and give them hope for a better tomorrow.

LGBTQ Parenting Network

Sherbourne Health Centre
333 Sherbourne Street
Toronto, ONT, M5A 2S5
Phone: 416-324-4180
www.lgbtqpn.ca

The LGBTQ Parenting Network is a program of Sherbourne Health Centre We support lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer parenting through research, training, resources and community development.

PFLAG Windsor-Essex

1770 Langlois Avenue
Windsor, Ontario, N8X 4M5
Phone: 519-978-2777

PFLAG Windsor-Essex is a Chapter of the national charity organization PFLAG Canada. PFLAG Canada is a national charitable organization, founded by parents who wished to help themselves and their family members understand and accept their non-heterosexual children. The "coming-out" process can be a critical time for families. When the adjustment period is particularly long or painful, relationships can become permanently damaged, resulting in a lifetime of emotional scars. People cannot always rise above the challenge of accepting themselves or their family member, and the results can be devastating, even fatal. We support these families through today, and give them hope for a better tomorrow.

Mike Cardinal Councelling Services

3140 Peter Street
Windsor, ONT, N9C 1H3
Phone: 519-818-6453
www.mikecardinal.com

For individuals, couples, families and small discussion groups. Healing and Harmony focus on Cognitive Therapy approaches with a special understanding of the integration of one's body, mind and soul.

Windsor Family Health Team

2475 McDougall, Suite 245
Windsor, ONT, N8X 3N9
Phone: 519-250-5656
www.windsorfht.ca

At the Windsor Family Health Team we've taken steps to ensure LGBT people in our community receive culturally sensitive health care services.  Our team regularly receives training on LGBT health matters and are proud to declare our clinic a LGBT positive space.

 
 
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