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Booklet teaches Mormon parents how to help their gay children

Loving parents can help children avoid suicidal thoughts, booklet says.



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It is "a lifeline of hope that has not existed before," Mayne said, allowing Mormons to stop choosing between their children and their faith.

They can have both.

At a glance

Family reactions that affect well-being of LGBT youths

Rejection » Verbal harassment or name-calling, exclusion from family activities, blocking access to LGBT friends and events, blaming them when they are mistreated.

Acceptance » Listen respectfully, express affection when your child tells you about being gay, advocate for your child when mistreated because of his LGBT identity, require other family members to treat your LGBT child with respect, tell your child you love her unconditionally, welcome your child’s LGBT friends to your home.

Source: “Supportive Families, Healthy Children: Helping Latter-day Saint Families With Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Children

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