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We promise you are doing the right thing by researching more information. Most young people will recognize when someone who cares for them is actively engaged in understanding their identity.

Unfortunately, 2SLGBTQ+ youth in Tulsa attempt suicide at 3x the national rate for youth (The Prism Project, Tulsa Reaches Out, 2019). Research has actually shown having just one supportive adult cuts the chance an 2SLGBTQ+ youth will attempt suicide by 40%.

We don’t share this information to scare you, but to show the reality of what 2SLGBTQ+ youth experience and ways you can help as their trusted adult. We don’t have all the answers, but we have narrowed down a few key points and resources to help you along this journey.

Learn + Support + Love

Good news! You are already doing this step.

You don’t have to know all the answers or be a 2SLGBTQ+ expert to understand the identity of your child. Take some time to brush up on terms you may hear when talking with them and read through tips from other parents who are experiencing similar situations about what helped them.

Check out these quick tips for supporting your LGBTQ Kids–and YOURSELF–during the coming-out process

We know support sounds incredibly broad – it is. Support will look different for every 2SLGBTQ+ person. Ultimately, this step is just making a commitment to be your child’s trusted adult and embracing them as they are. This can be shown by…

You can probably guess what this step means – love and embrace your child as they are. Doing all of these things won’t be easy for every adult seeking these tips, but if you can be the trusted adult your child needs during this moment in their life, you may be their only lifeline.

It’s ok to not understand everything right now. You are doing the right thing by seeking more information and we are always here to help. We want every young person to be supported by their family and community and to have the opportunity to plan their entire future.

Check out our blog post, “Celebrating Pride Month and Affirming 2SLGBTQ+ Youth,” to learn more about resources available to parents and young people.

The Trevor Project has great resources for adults about supporting young people, understanding sexuality, and more. Bonus: there are great resources for youth, too!

Our 2SLGBTQ+ Youth page for youth has tons of resources for young people, from how to come out to your friends and family to where to find support in the Tulsa area.

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