I can’t tell you how many friends I have who have had negative experiences coming out to their parents. In fact, I’m glad I didn’t hear many stories before I came out to mine. There are folks who’ve been disowned. More and more universities are providing emergency funding for when parents decide to no longer offer support. And some just experience condescension and disapproval every time they come home. Who wants to come home to that?
With awareness rising about the number of suicides that can happen as a result of this stifling, I think any image that helps jolt people’s thinking is important. Here are two ads from The Aguda, That National Association of Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, and Transgenders in Israel. (via copyranter, hat tip JMG)