When the daughter of a well know conservative Christian learns she is attracted to same sex, what happens? There are, of course, many different reactions. The sad fact is suicide rates among gay children whose parents reject them is among the highest of all groups.
A book just published was written by such a woman who made it through to a happy other side. Today she lives with her wife. But, she has no contact with her family including siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. They have decided their religious views are more important than their love for her. This is the kind of rejection that often ends in suicide.
I’ve know many gay men and women whose parents have rejected them. I’ve had email and personal conversations with parents who have rejected their children. Without exception, they are proud they rejected them and are annoyed when I tell them they will one day regret this.
In the Orthodox Jewish sect rejection of children who leave or marry outside the faith is part of the faith’s rules. It is really hard to hear about it in Protestantism.
A theme common in these rejections is the parents’ concern about how their circle of friends and business associates will treat them. It is not about how the gay adult children are treated.
The only positive thing is that society moves ahead, even if some stubborn parts don’t. Rejected children find others to support them and go on with successful lives.