I will definitely be watching the Sissy Boy Experiment tonight on CNN. You? I’m prepared to feel outraged on behalf of the boy in the story…already feeling so sad about the lack of basic human acceptance that too many non-straight kids feel from their parents, family members, and peers. This article talks about how important family acceptance is in protecting LGBT youth from mental health problems including depression and suicidal behavior. It also underscores the importance of creating environments in which kids feel supported socially, emotionally and physically safe.
Signe Whitson is an author and educator on bullying, crisis intervention, and child and adolescent emotional and behavioral health. In her articles, books, and training workshops, Signe provides down-to-earth, practical advice for professionals and parents on navigating the daily challenges of living and working with children, tweens and teens.