Why accepting my gay son was never an issue

Parenting expert Lynette Vertoch explains how accepting her gay son was never a problem, and gives advice to other parents on the subject.
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Why accepting my gay son was never an issue

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It was never hard for me to accept that my son was gay ever. I’ve had gay friends my whole life. I have no prejudice in that way at all. Neither does his father. For me, accepting it has not been any issue, although I understand there might be issues from other people and it might be hard at first. Some of the things that were hard was you’ll be around other parents. They’ll be talking about your kids. They talk about you. With the boys, it’s all about sports. For years, I never said anything. I’ve been around of these other moms that will be talking about their children. I really didn’t know what to say because how do you say my son is in ballet and he wants to saw. You also kind of... I always felt left out of conversation with other moms because I also didn’t know for sure he was gay even though I did know. I remember the first time I decided I wasn’t going to keep my mouth shut. I was at a big lunch and everyone was talking about their kids. Someone asked me if my son played baseball. I said no, my son is gay. Whole table went that quiet. It was really great though because after that lunch a woman came up to me who is at the lunch and she started crying. She said, “My son is gay too, but I’ve never been able to tell anybody.” She said, “Most of our family doesn’t even know.” She said, “How do you do that?” I said, “I don’t know. That was the first time.” It formed a nice friendship with her, but I think I just tell people now. I probably tell them too much because I'm so proud of him. I think... I kept quiet as a mom for so long that now I do talk about him all the time.

Parenting expert Lynette Vertoch explains how accepting her gay son was never a problem, and gives advice to other parents on the subject.

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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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