Critical Topics in Parenting: Exploring Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

Critical Topics in Parenting

For all parents. Your children are welcome to join the discussion, as well.

An increasing number of parents are seeking guidance on how to support their LGBTQ+ children, particularly through the process of exploring and affirming their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

It can be a time of uncertainty and strong emotions for everyone, especially young people and their families. Finding sources of guidance and connecting with the right professionals when needed becomes a top priority.

Join us for a discussion with Washington DC-based Rainbow Families and a PEP Parent Educator to gain insight and hear personal stories from the perspectives of parents of LGTBQ+ children. Learn about resources for supporting children as they explore, question, and affirm their identity.

We will discuss:

  • Why the coming-out process is so important and what to say and do to be a strong foundation for your child.
  • How parents can serve as an ally for their child at school, with family & friends, doctors, sports, activities, and the broader community.
  • Supporting your child’s emerging sense of self, appearance, name, or new pronouns.


Suzanne Ritter, PEP Parent Educator


Darren Paul-Vance, Executive Director, Rainbow Families

Registration includes access to the live webinar where you can ask questions, video/audio recordings, and handouts/resources.

Your Instructor

Darren Paul-Vance
Darren Paul-Vance

Darren joined Rainbow Families as Executive Director in 2018. He, his husband John, and their teen-age son have been members for several years and have always felt great passion for the Rainbow Families community work, mission & vaues.

He brings over 25 years’ corporate travel management background, including serving as Travel Services Manager at DreamWorks studios, helping run travel operations at Warner Bros, Universal Studios, as well as other roles managing above-the-line services and logistics for film, television and music industries.

Darren previously served as a Board Member and Development Director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. He was also Speakers Bureau Director for Love Is Feeding Everyone, and he worked extensively with Project Angel Food – both in Los Angeles.

The Critical Topics in Parenting series is made possible thanks to these sponsors:

"... approaching this subject was a great balance of both concern and lightness, the instructor also brought a realistic approach to the topic..."

--Participant, PEP Online


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The live webinar will be held on March 15, 2022, from 8-9:30pm. A recording will be posted after the webinar concludes.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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