How would you react if your : child came out at age 7?

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How would you react if your : child came out at age 7?

Sean Brennan
cook | Fishtown
“I’d try to talk to the child about it, to see whether it’s a crush or something bigger. If he or she continues to feel that way, I’d give my blessing. And I’d make a referral to a gay youth group so the child can meet others going through the same thing. My main concern would be the child’s happiness.”

Sean Brennan
cook | Fishtown
“I’d try to talk to the child about it, to see whether it’s a crush or something bigger. If he or she continues to feel that way, I’d give my blessing. And I’d make a referral to a gay youth group so the child can meet others going through the same thing. My main concern would be the child’s happiness.”

Keith Mikus
server | Fishtown
“I would be supportive, but I’d keep in mind that sexuality isn’t [fully] formulated at that age. I’d keep an eye on it. I’d revisit the issue around 10 or 11. If the child continues saying their gay, I’d just let it be. And I’d help them adjust to the reality of their situation.”

Abigail Mott
poet | Lancaster
“That’s a little young. I didn’t know my sexual orientation until the age of 12. I’d counsel the child to keep his or her options open, because I feel sexuality is fluid. If the kid is adamant about it, I would be supportive. I wouldn’t give reminders about things maybe changing.”

Brian O’Neill
sales associate | Fishtown
“I wouldn’t be upset. And I wouldn’t try to dissuade the child. I’d try to assist him or her into becoming a well-adjusted adult — whether that means being gay or straight. I’d want the child to be comfortable in their own skin.”