Family of Origin - LGBTQ+

Your family of origin is the family in which you grew up in. This can include your biological or adoptive parents, or other grandparents, extended family, or caretakers who were responsible for your care as you grew. Different families have different ethnic, cultural, social, religious and political ideals, and once you are living independently, you may choose to continue with the practices and values that you were taught within your family of origin, or develop new ones. Being a member of the LGBTQ+ community (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered, queer, +) may mean you are living a different lifestyle, with different social & emotional ideals as well as practices and traditions than your family of origin, and you may need different sources of support. Children of lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgendered or queer parents may need additional support and education in understanding their parent's sexual preferences and choices. They may be teased or bullied by peers and parents may need to help their children cope with some of the challenges that they may face or help prepare their child on how to handle questions and comments. Likewise parents whose teens or adult children have chosen a particular sexual or romantic lifestyle, or who are transitioning from one gender to another, may need additional support and information to help them understand these choices, and the different choices their children are now making. As a LGBTQ+ individual, or as a family, it’s important to establish gender roles, routines, and beliefs that you, as well as a spouse both agree with and relate to in order to feel happy within yourself. If the differences in your LBGTQ+ lifestyle and that of your family of origin are presenting questions or challenges, there are books, seminars, and family counseling available to help find resolutions. We have the resources you need to find them.
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Let's Talk About... Being a Parent to a Child who is Homosexual - Colette Bodogh...

Want to learn a bit about being a parent to a child who is homosexual? Watch the video below.

What Does Your Child Being LGBTQ+ Mean For Them?

When a child comes out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or any other label, it is normal to feel shocked, guilt, and scared, even if you do accept them. This is

Family Acceptance in Adolescence and the Health of LBGT Young Adults

This is an academic article argues that the role of family acceptance in the health and well-being of LGBT youth has been largely understudied in academic circles. It therefore aims

Resources for Parents with LGBTQ+ Children

Accepting your child as LGBTQ+ can be easy, but for some, it can be hard. Some parents, unfortunately, don’t or can’t accept it, sometimes to the point where they disown

PFLAG Canada

PFLAG Canada is the only national organization offering peer to peer support to help all Canadians in the areas of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. It aims to

PFLAG Canada - LGBTQ+ Family Support Network

Description of Service “PFLAG Canada is proud to be Canada’s only national organization that offers peer-to-peer support striving to help all Canadians with issues of sexual orientation, gender identity and

Lead with Love: A Documentary For Parents of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Children

What do I do if my child is gay? Did I cause my child to be gay? Is it an illness? Is it a choice? These are all questions answered

How To Deal with Homophobia in the Family

Most people in the LGBT community deal with homophobia (or transphobia if transgender) in one or more area of their lives. Homophobia is the pervasive, irrational fear or dislike for
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ROCK - Positive Space Network - Burlington - Pearl St - Head Office

471 Pearl St
Burlington ON L7R 4M4

Determination Martial Arts - Rainbow Pals Summer Camp

Determination Martial Arts; 1360 Main St E
Hamilton ON L8K 1B7

Pflag Canada - Halton Pflag

Milton Public Library (meeting location); 1010 Main St E
Milton ON L9T 6H7

Compass Community Health Centre - Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ Support

438 Hughson St N
Hamilton ON L8L 4N5

Thrive Counselling - Individual, Couple, and Family Counselling - Burlington Head Office

Burlington Centre (formerly Burlington Mall); 777 Guelph Line
Burlington ON L7R 3N2

Hamilton Trans Health Coalition - No physical address

Hamilton ON

General Topics and Information - Halton Region - How to Find - 24 Hour Crisis and Distress Services - Halton

Halton ON

Determination Martial Arts - Rainbow Pals Summer Camp

Determination Martial Arts; 1360 Main St E
Hamilton ON L8K 1B7

PFLAG Canada Hamilton-Wentworth Chapter - Fellowship Hall, First Unitarian Church of Hamilton

Fellowship Hall at First Unitarian Church of Hamilton; 170 Dundurn St S
Hamilton ON L8P 4K3

Thrive Counselling - Individual, Couple, and Family Counselling - Oakville Office

465 Morden Rd
Oakville ON L6K 3R9

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board - Transcend Support Group

20 Education Court
Hamilton ON L9A 0B9

Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion - DiverseCity onBoard

423 King St E
Hamilton ON L8N 1C5