Why It’s Important to Talk About LGBTQ (2004)

This resource featured in Families are Talking, a quarterly newsletter published by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), discusses why it is important for parents to talk about LGBTQ issues to their children and the crucial role they play in dispelling myths, challenging stereotypes, and expressing the idea that everyone deserves respect regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.

Definitions of important terms such as heterosexual, homosexual and bisexual are included as well as examples of age-appropriate conversations parents can have with their children who are in different age groups.  Lastly, a list of organizations, websites and contact information is included at the end for further reference.


Levine, A., Rodriguez, M., Kempner, M. and Ferko, P. Why It’s Important to Talk about Sexual Orientation. 2004. Families are Talking. Vol. 3. No. 2. 

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