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Just Breathe: Parenting Your LGBTQ Teen

Heather Hester

Do you have a child, teen, or young adult who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer? Do you feel alone in your effort to support them on their journey or navigate your own? Heather Hester from Chrysalis Mama is here to transform the conversation around loving and raising an LGBTQ+ teenager. In the four+ years since her son embraced his sexual identity as a young gay man, Heather and her family have felt every emotion, and have experienced dozens of situations ranging from heartwarming and humorous to terrifyingly life-threatening. She and her husband initially felt alone and overwhelmed, moving her to want to support others traveling a similar path. She desires to discuss taboo topics and erase stigmas surrounding the coming out process and parenting an LGBTQ+ teen. Heather's approach is based on four pillars - to Embrace, Educate, Empower, and Love - and most of all, to reinforce to all LGBTQ people, their families, and their allies that they are not alone!

Recent Episodes

A Unique Journey Through LGBTQ History - An Interview with Robert SteeleOctober 12, 2021 Episode artwork Introducing Maxxie LaWow: Drag Super-Shero, An Interview with Anthony HandSeptember 28, 2021 Episode artwork Talk About It! An Interview About Suicide Prevention with Cara McNultySeptember 14, 2021 Episode artwork The Power of Connection - An Interview with Robbin McManneAugust 11, 2021 Episode artwork Your Questions Answered!July 30, 2021 Episode artwork A Guide for Depression and AnxietyJuly 17, 2021 Episode artwork Demystifying PronounsJune 29, 2021 Episode artwork An Interview with Trystan Reese: How We Do FamilyJune 15, 2021 Episode artwork The History of PrideJune 01, 2021 Episode artwork Let's Talk About Sex - An Interview with Dr. David HuebnerMay 18, 2021 Episode artwork How to Respond to Biphobia and 5 Common LGBTQ+ MythsMay 02, 2021 Episode artwork The Magic of Mindfulness - An Interview with Andrew Jordan NanceApril 13, 2021 Episode artwork What Your Non-Binary Teen Wishes You Knew - An Interview with Rae McDanielMarch 30, 2021 Episode artwork A Substance Use Primer - An Interview with Richard Capriola March 16, 2021 Episode artwork Tips for Responding to Non-Affirming or Unsupportive Family and FriendsMarch 06, 2021 Episode artwork Hard Days SuckFebruary 16, 2021 Episode artwork A Gay Man's Guide to Life - An Interview with Britt EastFebruary 02, 2021 Episode artwork The Daily Roller Coaster of Parenting an LGBTQ TeenJanuary 19, 2021 Episode artwork How Do Hard Times Help Us Heal? An Interview with Kevin NahaiJanuary 05, 2021 Episode artwork How To Be A Good LGBTQ AllyDecember 08, 2020 Episode artwork The Transgender Experience: One Woman's JourneyNovember 24, 2020 Episode artwork A Dad's Perspective - A Conversation with SteveNovember 10, 2020 Episode artwork Struggling for 2020 Vision - An Interview with Kirsten Beverley-WatersOctober 27, 2020 Episode artwork Depression Awareness 101 - An Interview with Maureen KeboOctober 13, 2020 Episode artwork Understanding Transgender - An Interview with Susan Buss, LCSWSeptember 29, 2020 Episode artwork