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Usually, we do not promote one belief system over another. We try to explain objectively all points of view on each topic. For example, on the issue of homosexual orientation we have an essay covering the full range of six very different belief system s -- two that are heard often, and four intermediate classifications.

But in the listing of videos and books shown below, we include only material for parental guidance that accepts lesbians, gays, and bisexuals as having a sexual orientation that is normal and natural for a minority of adults.

We do not list ex-gay, reparative therapy, or transformational ministry resources because of recommendations published by the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association. These and similar groups warn against the lack of efficacy and safety of such conversion therapies.

Davey Wavey and his parents prepared this You Tube video for parents of a gay child:

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Videos that you might find helpful:

"For the Bible tells me so" DVD Gene Robinson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, & Imogene Robinson: "For the BIBLE tells me so:" This DVD discusses conflicts between conservative Christians and those advocating equal rights for persons of all sexual orientations.

Amazon.com's product description:

"Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival, Dan Karslake's provocative, entertaining documentary brilliantly reconciles homosexuality and Biblical scripture, and in the process reveals that Church-sanctioned anti-gay bias is based solely upon a significant (and often malicious) misinterpretation of the Bible. As the film notes, most Christians live their lives today without feeling obliged to kil anyone who works on the Sabbath or eats shrimp.
Through the experience of five very normal, very Christian , very American families - including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopalian Bishop Gene Robinson - we discover how insightful people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child. With commentary by such respected voices as Bishop Desmond Tutu, Harvard's Peter Gomes, Orthodox Rabbi Steve Greenberg and Reverend Jimmy Creech, For The Bible Tells Me So offers healing, clarity and understanding to anyone caught in the crosshairs of scripture and sexual identity."

"Prayers for Bobby" movie "Prayers for Bobby:" This is a made for TV movie based on a real story. It was broadcast on Lifetime, and is available on Itunes to U.S. purchasers, from Zshare.net, and may eventually be generally distributed on DVD. Sigourney Weaver and Ryan Kelley star as mother and son. The mother's conservative Christian faith is shattered when her son commits suicide because of homophobia. She eventually becomes an advocate for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons) concerns.  See: http://www.mylifetime.com/

Books that you might find helpful:

Carolyn W. Griffin & Marian J. Wirth: "Beyond Acceptance: Parents of Lesbians & Gays Talk About Their Experiences:" Carolyn W. Griffin & Marian J. Wirth: "Beyond Acceptance: Parents of Lesbians & Gays Talk About Their Experiences:"

Reviewer Michael Bronski wrote on Amazon.com:

"Various people speak about how they came to their misinformed views about gayness, their religious beliefs, their fears that friends will abandon them after finding out about their child's homosexuality, and their anxieties about AIDS. Often people find similar solutions to their problems, and sometimes different ones, but in all cases the message is that understanding, love, and a need to own up to, and dispense with, ignorant homophobic attitudes can bring families back together in a wholesome and nurturing manner. Frank, informed, and filled with insights and practical suggestions, Beyond Acceptance is a fine addition to the literature on homophobia and families."

Rated 5 out of 5 stars by Amazon customers.

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Bryce McDougall: "My Child Is Gay: How Parents React When They Hear the News" Bryce McDougall: "My Child Is Gay: How Parents React When They Hear the News"

Amazon.com's review:

"Written by parents who have a gay or lesbian child, this compilation of letters can help parents deal with feelings of confusion, embarrassment, guilt, or anger, while showing how ordinary families have found love, happiness, and normalcy again. Updated with new stories and experiences, this edition acknowledges that while a brave child often takes time to come to terms with his sexuality before sharing his feelings, parents are often shocked and overwhelmed with little time to react. Together these letters reaffirm the healing power of support and allow those with first-hand knowledge to outline the steps toward understanding and the importance of helping their children share the truth."

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Mary V. Vorhek: "Coming out to parents: Two-way survival guide for lesbians and gay men and their parents." Mary V. Vorhek: "Coming out to parents: Two-way survival guide for lesbians and gay men and their parents."

"Listed by American Bookseller as 'among the most important gay and lesbian books that should be represented in any general bookstore,' Borhek's original edition of this book (1983) has also been praised as 'sound, sympathetic, and helpful' (St. Luke's Journal of Theology). In this thorough revision, Borhek brings an additional decade of personal knowledge and experience to bear on the subject of coming out."

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