Talking about the birds and the bees with a gay child

Need help talking about the birds and the bees with a gay child? Lynette Vertoch, mom of two, explains how she dealt with her son asking questions and what parents can do to keep their child safe.
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Talking about the birds and the bees with a gay child

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The sex talk with the gay teen is going to be different that it is with the straight teen because obviously sex is different when you’re gay and when you’re straight. I think as a parent, you’ve kind of know when is the right time to talk to your child is for me, it wasn’t me who had the V-talk with them. It was explicit talk and they went into detail, but my son is ready for it and was asking for it. Since then, he was, trying to think how old he was at that time, probably around 12. He was young, but he did come out when he was 9. Since then, he asks a lot of questions. I get a lot of very explicit questions like can you get AIDS if you give a blowjob without a condom? I mean he just asks these things. I mean that question was on the other day in the car when he was with one of his girl friends. My husband and I were driving and that question just came from backseat of the car. He is very comfortable asking us anything and sometimes I even get a little uncomfortable, but I always try and give him the correct information and address the question. I always try to act like it’s no big deal that you just said that. I want to say, “Why you’re doing that?” I have to stop myself and just answer his questions, so that he will always keep coming to us when he has these types of questions.

Need help talking about the birds and the bees with a gay child? Lynette Vertoch, mom of two, explains how she dealt with her son asking questions and what parents can do to keep their child safe.

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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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