This week Bisexual Health Awareness Month focuses on action steps at home, in school, and within communities for better supporting bisexual+ youth. Today’s post provides tips for parents and guardians!
With low coming out rates, bisexual+ (e.g. bisexual, pansexual, queer, no label) youth need more support and affirmation, starting at home from parents, guardians, and family members. Bisexual adolescents in particular report less family and school connectedness than their straight peers.
- Talk to your children about being LGBQ+ and tell them you will support them no matter their sexual orientation
- If your child comes out to you as bisexual+, reach out to relevant organizations and support groups to learn more
- Read as much as you can about gender and connect with organizations, support groups, and online forums for resources
- Insist that others around your gender-expansive child are respectful and affirming
Other tips and places to start include:
- Learning about bisexuality+ here and here — and listening to your child when they tell you what being bisexual+ means to them
- Celebrating bisexuality+ with your child! Check out this extensive list of famous bisexuals
- Becoming a better bisexual+ ally by following these steps
- Reaching out to bisexual-specific organizations like the Bisexual Resource Center, BiNet USA, and Bisexual Organizing Project for information and resources
- Joining a local chapter of PFLAG to connect with their support groups and/or checking out this list of trans* resources by TransYouth Family Allies
What other advice do you have for parents or guardians of bisexual+ youth? Leave them in the comments below!