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When parental pride doesn’t extend to LGBT+ children

According to a new YouGov poll, a quarter of UK adults would not feel proud of their child if their child came out as LGBT+.

The poll is full of saddening figures, of which this is the saddest: 11% would feel uncomfortable living at home with a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender child.

That perhaps helps explain why there are so many LGBT+ kids among the homeless: 24% of homeless people aged 16-25 are LGBT+, and 77% of them say that familial rejection was the main factor in them becoming homeless. Lack of parental acceptance is also a crucial factor in the rates of self-harm and suicide in the LGBT+ community.

I cannot comprehend how a parent would rather see their child self-harm, live on the street or take their own life than accept their child for who they are.