Coming out to family is a challenging process – and not just for those coming out. For some parents, taking in the news and being mentally bombarded with question after question afterwards can be just as overwhelming. However, becoming a well-informed, understanding and supportive parent is far from impossible, especially with a copy of This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids, a question-and-answer guide to everyday life for parents with LGBT-identified kids. Released in September, the book “speaks to parents who want practical, straightforward advice on how to communicate and better parent their LGBTQ child,” and answers questions like Is this a choice? When should I tell people? Who should I tell?
This Friday, BookWoman hosts the book’s authors, Dannielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo, who will share inspiring stories from their guide and engage in conversations about LGBTQ youth issues, parenting, and diverse representations of families. Owens-Reid and Russo are widely known for their advocacy in the LGBT community, having reached more than eight million readers online with their work for LGBTQ youth and almost two million views on their YouTube channel “Everyone is Gay”, where they discuss sexuality, gender identity, dating, and falling in love.
The BookWoman event also features Canadian author Vivek Shraya, who will reading from his book God Loves Hair, a collection of short stories following a tender, intellectual, and curious child as he navigates complex realms of sexuality, gender, racial politics, and more.
How would you respond to a loved one coming out for the first time?
books, tours, love, acceptance, guides, questions, community, family
Friday, Dec. 12, 7pm
BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Blvd.