As I meet more people who are involved in LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual/transgender, queer/questioning) activities, it made me wonder…

As I meet more people who are involved in LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual/transgender, queer/questioning) activities, it made me wonder about the parents mentality toward their children’s sexuality. Most of the people I’ve met seem to have struggled to some extent to tell their parents about their sexuality. Acceptance or not, the process to revealing the possibly ‘undesirable’ truth is often the hardest part. It’s great if the parents end up being accepting about your choice — but what if they aren’t? Then comes the quarrels and expressions of disappointment. Personally, I find it hard to even tell my parents if I’m not doing so well in a class so when announcing something that is even less socially accepted I can only imagine how hard it may be. Most parents seem to have high expectations for their children in terms of behavior and obedience — which I think makes it extremely difficult for communication sometimes. However, communication is necessary; you can’t hide the truth for life (I mean, you could try, but you’d likely to be unhappy) and as time passes, the acceptance of the LGBTQ community will undoubtedly be easier in my opinion as more and more people are becoming open about their sexuality.
– Vivian