Parents

This resource page is divided into two sections: the first is for parents who have a child who has just recently come out, while the second section is for parents who have just come out themselves.

For parents of a child who has just come out

Support

OUTSaskatoon Support Services

Our Outreach & Support Services and Youth & Education Coordinator are great resources for any questions you may have. We're here to support you and your child.

Families in Transition: A Resource Guide for Parents of Trans Youth

If you have this guide in hand, your child may have just come out as trans – transgender or transsexual. This is big news, and you are likely feeling some of the common feelings parents initially report: shock, disbelief, fear, grief, anger, or shame. You might feel like your world has been turned upside down. You might feel very alone. You might have a lot of questions. That’s why we wrote this guide

The Q List

The Q List is OUTSaskatoon's vast and varied referral list to direct you to businesses, organizations, professionals, and healthcare providers that are safe and supportive of  lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two spirit, intersex, and queer people. All listed individuals and organizations have reported that they are knowledgeable of gender and sexual diversity, are comfortable working with LGBT2IQ people, and are open to expanding their client and coworker base to the queer community.  

Rainbow Coffee

Rainbow Coffee is a queer youth group run by OUTSaskatoon's Youth & Education Coordinator. Rainbow Coffee is a city-wide network of queer youth who are looking for community and friendship. It's a great place for your child to find support, resources, and to meet other youth who are going through similar challenges. The group runs every Wednesday, during the school year, from 4:30pm-6:30pm.

Websites

Queer Terms

OUTSaskatoon's online glossary of queer terminology and identities. This list will help you navigate the journey towards understanding your child.

The Parent Project

The Parents Project is a first-of-its-kind digital presence, inclusive of videos, advice, and resources, dedicated exclusively toward helping parents understand their LGBTQ kids. The Parents Project sources voices from across the world to help answer these questions, including advice from Dannielle and Kristin themselves, parents, youth, and experts on a variety of topics related to sexuality and gender identity.

PFLAG

Every day, PFLAG Canada volunteers are contacted by frightened adolescents and by angry, fearful or ashamed parents. PFLAG Canada supports, educates and provides resources to anyone with questions or concerns. Just call us.

Family Acceptance Project

The Family Acceptance Project™ is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness and HIV – in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities. We use a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, socially and religiously diverse families to support their LGBT children.

Out Proud Families

Started by the proud mom of a gender creative gay son, we support families and caregivers raising children and youth of diverse gender identities, gender expressions, and sexual orientations. We provide resources for schools, providers and organizations to create safe spaces for all children and youth and support for families and caregivers.

Films

I Am Jazz

A documentary made by the Oprah Winfrey Network about Jazz Jennings, a young trans girl.

'Raising Ryland': Parenting a Transgender Child

A five minute digital short about a young trans boy named Ryland, his family, and their story.  

For parents who have recently come out

Support

OUTSaskatoon Support Services

Our Outreach & Support Services and Youth & Education Coordinator are great resources for any questions you may have. We're here to support you and your child.

Rainbow Families

Rainbow Families is a social and support group at OUTSaskatoon for LGBTQ families, caregivers, allies and children to gather once a month to share a hearty meal and create lasting connections and friendships.

Websites

LGBTQ Parenting Network

LGBTQ Families and Parenting

 

Film

True Trans

The story of punk rock singer Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! who came out as a woman in 2012, and other members of the trans community whose experiences are woefully underrepresented and misunderstood in the media.


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