In the post, Maurer says that having accepting family members has a powerful effect on LGBTQ young people, but that it’s important to remember that for many parents, acceptance comes as a result of a normal process that can take time.
“An accepting parent doesn’t have to jump up the minute their child comes out and become president of the local LGBT support group,” said Maurer. “That’s not the definition of acceptance. You don’t have to understand it. It can be a parent who simply says, ‘This is a little surprise’ or ‘I didn’t expect that, but I love you, and we’ll figure this out together.’”