Issues faced by the siblings of a gay child

Lynette Vertoch, Mom & Entrepreneur, shares advice for parents on the issues faced by siblings of a gay child and how to help them through those issues
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Issues faced by the siblings of a gay child

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My younger daughter has faced some issues with my son being gay. Sometimes I feel like so much focus gets to put on my son, and all the changes we’ve had to make with the family that I always try and remember just because she is just like kind of “I hate to say it” normal kid. That she needs all of our attention too. We have to move and changed school and things like that. She feels that sometimes kind of drag along. I actually asked her just the other night. How it is having him for a brother? She said, “Sometimes kids come out of school and saying hey I hear your brother is gay.” She says, “Yeah and what about it?” That’s kind of how she’s comp with it now. I have to say she’s even - on Harvey Milk Day, she wore her Harvey Milk shirt shared to school. She has actually become very much of advocate for when there’s a kid in her school that she thinks might be or might be getting picked on, she’s actually when to step in, so I think just her seeing everything he has been through has really given her a great perspective on how to handle. Having gay friends or had a help, but it’s definitely I think has affected her, but in a positive way.

Lynette Vertoch, Mom & Entrepreneur, shares advice for parents on the issues faced by siblings of a gay child and how to help them through those issues

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Lynette Vertoch

Mom & Entrepreneur

Lynette Vertoch is an entrepreneur with a small company she runs with her husband in Seattle, called Cameos & Crowns. In her words, the company designs "these very cool dish towels, pillows, cosmetic bags and aprons."  She has two children, Harris, 16 and Izzy, 13. Harris is gay and Izzy is not. She is divorced from their dad and married to a wonderful man who has been their stepdad for seven years now.  She and her ex-husband and current husband all parent the kids together (even though they live in different states) and are all close as a family - they even vacation together.

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