When Kids Come Out

September 26, 2014

“When Kids Come Out” – A Five Session Group for Parents of LGBT Children
Wednesdays, October 15 - November 12 at 7:00 pm
Worthington United Methodist Church

600 High Street, Worthington. OH

When a child comes out to his/her parents, what does that mean for the family?  Among the topics that will be dealt with in the group are:

  1. Providing support and encouragement to a child who comes out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
  2. Navigating relationships in the local congregation in which the parents participate after a child has come out.
  3. Coming out as parents of an LGBT child to other family members and friends, and those in the church.
To those facing these issues or know others who are, the invitation is extended to share in a five-session conversation,  The aim of these sessions is to provide a safe place for parents and family members to share their stories about their LGBT sons and daughters and their relationships with them. 

The five sessions will be held on Wednesday evenings beginning on October 15 and running through November 12.  The meetings will begin a 7:00 pm and conclude by 8:30 pm at the Worthington United Methodist Church, 600 High Street, Worthington. OH.  Parking is available at the church.  The Inclusivity Committee of the Worthington United Methodist Church is sponsoring these sessions.  Look for signs directing you to “Kids Coming Out” class at the church.

The Rev. Jim Waugh, retired pastor in the West Ohio Conference, will lead the group.  Jim and his wife Carol have an adult daughter Lisa who came out to them several years ago.  Jim is also a member of the Steering Committee for the Parents Reconciling Network.

This class represents the second set of sessions that Jim has led at the church.  When asked what was most helpful about the sessions, participants in the group this summer reported:
“Learning about how others have navigated ‘coming out.’
“The brochures/readings as well as general discussion around these topics.”
“Just being able to share and know there would no judgment.  

While the main focus of the class is parents of LGBT children, other family members (such as grandparents, siblings) will benefit from the discussion and sharing in the class.  If you have questions or need more information, please feel free to email Jim at: jwaugh3@mac.com.