The first time 8-year-old Regan, Springfield, MA, told her friends that she had two moms, “They were very surprised. Most of them were just silent because they didn’t know what to say. One of them said it was really cool to have two moms.” Having been worried about teasing, she was very pleased at that response.
“One of them said it was very weird, which kind of hurt my feelings.” Regan was especially sensitive to their responses because one of her moms had died. This was a big step for her, and she was only in preschool.
Being an LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) parent, you never know what experiences your children will have when discussing their family lives with their peers. Being a parent of an LGBT child brings even more unique experiences.
A regular series of this column will give you glimpses into LGBT family lives. Through our common experiences, we can connect and identify, making us all feel a little less “weird.”
If you or your child lives in Connecticut or western Massachusetts, is LGBT, and would like to share experiences for this column, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Topics will include: Coming Out to Family and Friends, School Challenges, Community Challenges, Tips, Humor, and so much more. Please make sure to include your contact information.