Researchers Discover Reason Why Parents Shouldn’t Hate Their Gay Kids: It Makes Them Not Hate Themselves
Tell us, Science, about your remarkable discovery: “For the first time, researchers have established a clear link between accepting family attitudes and behaviors towards their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and significantly decreased risk and better overall health in adulthood. The study shows that specific parental and caregiver behaviors — such as advocating for their children when they are mistreated because of their LGBT identity or supporting their gender expression — protect against depression, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts in early adulthood. In addition, LGBT youth with highly accepting families have significantly higher levels of self-esteem and social support in young adulthood.” Dammit. Now I’m going to have to throw out my copy of The Tony Perkins Guide to Raising Disgusting Children.