Supporting your child as he or she comes out to friends

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I think for many years, he didn’t really tell his friends he was gay. He just was always friends with the girls. Well actually, when he was in elementary school, he really didn’t have a lot of friends because the girls want to be with the girls and the boys were boys. That wasn’t how he was. He would often talk to the teachers. He was kind of alone until he hit middle school, maybe fifth grade. He made friends with two girls. He wasn’t comfortable at that point telling other people he was gay. I think it was just one of those things kind of that kids, they knew. Well they did know because that’s when the bullying also started, but now that he is 16, he is very comfortable, very, very comfortable being gay, and has no problem in telling anybody. Not that it isn’t obvious from about a block away when you see him. His friendships are all girls. Now, he is at an age where he does have boyfriends, but that’s the different thing because they break up and then a new comes along, but his friends have been his friends for a while now.

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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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