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When a Child Comes Out, Lead With Love

New film answers question, "What do I do if my child is gay?"

Research by myself and many other scientists has shown that parental support is protective for a variety of health issues like HIV, mental health, and substance use. My 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 arise. 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.

Below is a trailer for the video. You can watch the whole video on their website after taking a short survey. I recommend it to anyone who wants some advice on how to be the best parent they can to a gay, lesbian, or bisexual child.

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Dr. Mustanski is the Director of the IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program at Northwestern University. You can follow the Sexual Continuum blog by becoming a fan on Facebook. I periodically live tweet from research conferences on sexuality and you can follow me @sexualcontinuum.

Brian Mustanski, Ph.D., is Associate Professor at Northwestern University and the founding Director of the IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program.

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