I wish I had this book when I found out my son was gay! Authors Davidson and Tobkes provide useful tips to help parents adjust to their child’s sexual orientation. Straight parents and LGBT kids also share how they coped with the issues that surface around coming out.
Coming out can be fraught with difficulty for both parents and child. However, Wesley C. Davidson, a straight mother of a gay adult son, and blogger on gay rights issues, and Jonathan L. Tobkes, M.D., a gay Manhattan psychiatrist make coming out and its aftermath easier to understand in When Your Child Is Gay: What You Need To Know (Sterling; $14.95; June 2016 ISBN: 9781454919360) that provides a road map so families can better navigate this rocky emotional terrain.
Davidson and Tobkes help parents untangle their own feelings, identify and overcome barriers to acceptance. In each chapter, Dr. Tobkes gives useful action plans and conversation starters for parents so they can come to terms with their child’s coming out.