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How Parents of Gay Kids End Up In The Closet | GOF40

How Parents of Gay Kids End Up In The Closet | GOF40

The closet is generally associated with LGBT+ persons who have yet to share their sexuality with family or friends. But there is another closet seldom talked about – the one parents retreat into after learning about their child’s identity. So in this episode, I discuss the parental closet and offer some guidance on how to move out.

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This Episode’s Topic: Parents and the Closet

To better understand why this issue matters, I talk about some of the stories I’ve heard from parents of gay teens or adult children. I also challenge the church in addressing the parental side and give several points to think through when you find yourself trapped in the closet.

Concepts Discussed:

Bill Henson’s Latest resource, “Guiding Families of LGBT+ Loved Ones”

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Jonathan G. Smith

The Rev'd Dr. Jonathan G. Smith is the Senior Minister of Redeemer Church in Orlando, Founder of Grace Nation, and owner of Higher Purpose Coaching. His passion is to see people transformed by the Gospel, the liberating power of Jesus Christ.

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