Houston, TX, October 03, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- The Association for Family and Community Integrity, Inc. (AFCI), has launched a series of classes aimed at fostering open communication between lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender children and their parents.
Titled “So You Think Your Child Might Be Gay”, the third class will be held on Friday, October 11th, in recognition of National Coming Out Day. Developed by AFCI, the class seeks to educate and inform parents of LGBT children about the science behind gender identity and sexual orientation. The presentation includes video clips on the science of sexual orientation and the consequences of rejection, as well as real-life examples from parents and children who have been through the coming out process with their own families. It ends with a question and answer session that allows attendees to engage in frank discussions about their shared experiences.
Sara Fernandez, who presents the class and is an AFCI board member, explains the organization’s rationale behind the class. “Statistics show that one out of every four gay youth who come out to their parents will become homeless, one out of every four. The options open to these children are very limited. Our mission at AFCI is to keep these kids off the streets and in their homes where they belong. While still in its infancy, this class is meant to give parents a safe environment to learn more about their child’s sexual identity and allow them the opportunity to ask honest questions from people who have walked in their shoes.”
“So You Think Your Child Might Be Gay”, is a free class for parents of LGBT children, but is open to all friends and family members who would like to learn more about sexual orientation. Offered through Leisure Learning Unlimited, interested individuals can register online at www.llu.com.
The Association for Family and Community Integrity, Inc. (AFCI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the parents of gay children and teens to help prevent family separation and youth homelessness. AFCI seeks to find comprehensive solutions to the numerous problems faced by gay youth and advocate within the greater community on their behalf. Since 2005, AFCI has sought to meet the basic needs of homeless gay youth, to provide them a path towards economic, emotional and spiritual independence, to reconcile them with their families and to foster a community environment that supports them. For more information, visit www.lgbthomeless.org.