If you have questions about parenting LGBTQ+ kids, wow do we have the answers, thanks to the absolutely delightful Kristin Russo, author of This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids. If you know her — or her terrific book, or popular podcast about Buffy the Vampire Slayer — you’ll know that she’s funny, she’s frank, she’s incredibly helpful, and wow, does she know her stuff.

Whether you’re raising an LGBTQ+ kid, or just want to be more understanding, compassionate, and supportive of LGBTQ+ people in your own life, we think you’ll get so much from this conversation in which we tackle some of parents’ top questions.

We cover topics like:

– What to do if you suspect your child is gay but they haven’t told you yet
– How to react if and when they do tell you
– Understanding pronouns, gender fluidity, and the overlap (and distinction) between gender and sexuality
– What to do if you mess up someone’s pronouns
– What being a compassionate parent looks like

And a lot more. Take a listen right now!

You can also listen through your favorite podcast app — and please, if you’re a fan, take a few seconds and make sure you’re a subscriber so that you never miss an episode. If you have a few moments and can leave us a review too– well that would be extra amazing!

(We’re so thrilled with some of our latest reviews so thank you!)

Kristin Russo, author of This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids on...tips for raising LGBTQ+ kids

Be sure to catch up with Kristin on her site, kristinnoeline.com, and get even more support through the organizations she founded, Everyone is Gay, and My Kid is Gay.

Top photo: Josè Maria Sava via Unsplash


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Our Cool Picks of the Week

Aristotle + Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe: A terrific YA novel featuring a queer protagonist

Kristin: In addition to Squid Game (which we all highly recommend!) she is loving the book Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe — another book to add to your list of great YA books with LGBTQ+ main characters.

Liz: Is really enjoying listening to Mitski lately, thanks to her own teen’s playlist. Psst…she’s going on tour, should you need a cool holiday gift for a fan this year.

Kristen: Maid on Netflix is a terrific limited series drama starring Margaret Qualley, alongside her real-life mom Andie McDowell, in this adaptation of the memoir by Stephanie Land.

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