• Laura Richardson, Ph.D.

How can I support my teen if they tell me that they are transgender or non-binary.

Listen. Listen. Listen. Remain open to hearing about their lived experience. Let them know that you will support them and love them. Try not to let your fear for or worry about them cloud your message of support for them. While you may be confused and surprised, they have just taken a big step towards their authentic life.

"You may fear that you will support your teen to make the 'wrong' decision. But let's step back for a second. If we proceed on he premise that gender identity is not a choice or sudden decision we make about who we are, then there is truly no way that supporting your teen can possibly be wrong". Being a parent of a transgender or non-binary teen. Brill and Kenny. p.17

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