Editorial 33 - October 2006 - Regarding Protecting Families
The front of the October 2006 Canadian edition of the Focus on the Family
magazine caught my attention with the bold headline “Protecting
Your Family.” I read the article, “Home Security,”
by Carrie Earll with interest. Earll discusses several concerns for
families. Those concerns include gambling, a heavy societal emphasis
on sex, and faith under fire.
Many of Earll's concerns are shared by large numbers of people in society. Protecting families is very important. About one person in ten is a
member of a sexual minority. The chances of having a gay, lesbian
bisexual, or transgendered child is about one in ten. Any parent has
a significant chance that one of his or her children will be queer.
Parents need to protect their children from the time the child is born, until that child is capable of making informed decisions and living
independently. Protecting your children means making sure you develop
the attitudes and strategies that will help a straight child accept
gay, bisexual and transgendered people, and that will help a gay,
bisexual and trans-identified children survive and blossom in a world
that is often hostile to queer and questioning youth.
A few important things that help protect children include the
to love and cherish your child, regardless of the child's sexual
orientation or gender identification.
to never make fun of gay, bisexual or transgendered people.
from telling jokes that put down any queer people.
there are news articles about gay, bisexual or trans-identified
people, tell your children that God loves gay, bisexual and
trans-identified people, and that you will love your children if
they are gay, bisexual, or transgendered.
out your church. Make sure your church is a congregation that
emphasizes from the pulpit, from the Sunday School classroom, and
from the pastor's office God's love for gay, bisexual, and trans
people. Should messages of condemnation be a theme, start looking
for a church will better love a queer child.
your family is very important. As a parent, you are responsible for
providing a safe environment for your children, including the child
who may come to you and say, “Mom, Dad, I have something
important to say. I'm gay.”