When our son came out, as it turned out, neither my hubby nor I were surprised but still it impacted us profoundly, it was very confronting when he was suddenly “out”.
However I want you to know there is a brilliant light at the end of the tunnel, your child is perfect – I know, I have been through this and I really do get it.
Unsure of how to handle questions and family issues that came up, I realised there was no support available in Auckland at the time. I started Holding Our Own to offer the support we needed, 6 years ago. This is a long complex journey and we still sometimes have wonderings, questions and often still come out!!
We found that Josh’s coming out didn’t end there, not only was it a transitional time for him, it was also the beginning of our coming out to our friends and family.
As a family we have all grown and developed an amazingly strong protective family bond, as we continue to navigate this road together, we find we are all richer for the experience. Josh is our wonderful son, we would not change any part of who he is, we are very proud and love all that he is.
I am a Registered Social Worker and Narrative Therapist. I currently work in Child and Adolescent Mental Health . I started Holding Our Own in 2014 and we have many families who support and have been supported through difficult times. If you are feeling a little lost, alone, isolated, sad, angry, confused, guilty give me a call and lets talk this through.
Supporting our children means that we become a vital link in the chain of change.
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Warm regards Amanda