Mothers Respond When Their Children Come Out as Gay

 
1. At what age did your child come out to you, and did you suspect or know before that moment?
2. What was the first thing you thought of when your child came out to you?
3. What were your fears--for your child, and for yourself?
4. Did this news affect your relationship with your child, your child’s father, or any other relationships?
5. If you have shared this information with your friends/family/acquaintances, how did you go about that?
6. Did you see your child’s being gay as a reflection on your parenting, and how has having a gay child impacted your identity, if at all?
7. How did your child come out to you (location, timing, mode of communication, etc)? How did these details impact the way you felt about the actual coming out?
8. When someone makes a negative comment about gay people, how do you handle the situation, and have you handled it differently since learning that your child is gay?
9. Was anything specific (such as masculinity/femininity) of your child’s future/potential partners of concern to you?
10. What piece of advice would you give to mothers whose children have just come out to them?
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