Both in my research and personal experience, I’ve come across common phrases that parents say during and after the coming out process. These phrases can be detrimental to the growth of the LGBTQ+ young person, and quietly weaken the relationship between parent and child. In this module, we won't simply talk about specific phrases, but rather, the underlying impact certain phrases can have. I've delineated these responses into 3 categories: Denial/Minimization, Sexualization, and Fear.
Join me on this course to make certain that you are supporting your LGBTQ+ child with everything you say.
Also included is a worksheet to keep track of what you've learned.
Nathaniel has been an actor, a singer, a teacher, an educational administrator, and even a drag queen. He founded The Proud Path to fill the gap in knowledge between a child in need of support and a parent lacking the tools.
"Nathaniel strikes the perfect balance between empathy and expertise, with his guidance demonstrating both genuine kindness and a fundamental knowledge about issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community. Having seen Nathaniel work with students, many of whom are questioning their gender identities, going through the coming out process, or exploring their sexualities, I’ve seen firsthand his ability to make a difference and have an inspiring effect on those around him."
Private School Administrator, Fusion Academy
"Nathaniel's effervescent compassion and heart is clear in everything he does. When applied to his Life Work, helping advance LGBT awareness, rights, and community, it is nothing short of miraculous and moving. I have learned and grown personally and professionally through knowing Nathaniel."
- Liz Minot
Co-Founder, Art Cube
What we spend our time doing is what we truly honor as important.
Whatever it is that we prioritize to fill our time is something we want to do. Actions speak so much louder than words. Choosing to spend time, just 30 minutes or so, to better understand why this matters speaks volumes about the kind of family member, parent, friend, or teacher you are. There's no strings attached, just a half hour of some of the exercises I've developed in my time as a lecturer and thought leader on LGBTQ youth in the home and in the school system.
I hope you'll prove that this is very important to yourself and to others by choosing to spend some time on it today.
Thank you already for taking the time to even be here!