We are a group of parents in South Birmingham and Worcestershire whose children have 'come out' to us as gay, lesbian, bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT). We may have more than one such child!
However, although many parents are accepting and affirming of their different children, sometimes parents or grandparents can be particularly shocked and distressed to discover that a member
of their family is gay, lesbian, bisexual or trans (LGBT). Many of us grew up in a different society where being homosexual was demonised, labelled a mental illness, or indeed a crime.
Many of us may remember the derision and bullying of LGBT people at school which continues even in our generation.