FAITH BASED STRUGGLES

There have been many differerent views throughout various religions when it comes to sexuality. Presently the major religions and denominations vary on their attitudes towards sexual oritntations. Unfortunately, many denominations are negative towards these orientations. However, there are some adherents of many religions that view sexual orientation positively. There are also thankfully a decent amount of religious people that accept different sexual orientations regardless of their religion's beliefs.

On the flip side, if you feel as though you fall into a family that is not going to be accepting because of their religious views, here are are some helpful tips to help you out:

  • Approach the conversation in a positive light. Although your sexual orientation may be seen as a "sin," you are sharing an amazing aspect of who you are, which should (ideally) outweigh the "negative."

  • Remember that homophobia is typically a lack of knowledge on the subject. Your relatives may only be repeating stereotypes and opinions that they have been exposed to. 

  • Use logic, statistics and facts when defending LGBTQ+ rights.

  • With the previous comments being said, it is important that you understand the "consequences" of your honesty. Unfortunately, while you are still under your parents roof, they may restrict you to a lot of outlets; friends, finances, activities, etc.

  • Respect your parents religious views. Unfortunately you may not gain their apporval of your lifestyle. They may even challenge your own faith. If you yourself are Christian, check out this link!

  • Although you may want your parents "approval," it is important to make clear that you do not need their permission. Your life if your own!

  • Know when to leave the topic alone. When you have said everything you have said, in all honesty. Leave your parents be and have faith that things will work out.

  • Unfortunately, you need to understand that your parents may need time. 

  • Be prepared for the worst... "Hope for the best, expect the worst." If you find yourself in a "worse" scenario, know that you are not alone. There are many resources out there to help you out. Check out our Resources tab. Also please, feel free to message us at any time. We would love to talk with you, and if we cannot be of enough assistance, we WILL find you the resources you need.

  • Don't give up! If you want your parents in your life, you will find a happy medium to make it work.

We also undertstand that a lot of these tips are a lot easier said than done. If you need any help with any of the listed above (or not listed), please feel free to message us. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU. All the love.

This website was proudly created by Madeline Blank and Jaz. 2017