CBS News | March 10, 2018 5:55:23The CBS News special “How to tell If Your Kids Are Gay or Transgender” explores the question, “Are your kids gay or trans?”
A number of studies have been done to answer this question, including a study from the University of California at Berkeley, which found that more than half of LGBT youth who identify as gay or lesbian report having had a same-sex sexual encounter.
The study’s authors, Jennifer Henningsen and Jana Lees, also found that the vast majority of LGBT teens who have been bullied are not bullied at school.
They said the bullying occurs primarily online and not in a physical setting.
Henningsens said, “There is no one-size-fits-all answer.
But when you look at the research, the best advice is to be very open-minded about the issue.
And if you do have a kid who is gay or who is transgender, I think the best thing to do is be as open-ended as possible.
You can be very careful, and you should be.”
She said parents can be supportive and listen to their kids.
“The more you understand about the topic, the more comfortable you will be with that.”
But even though the overwhelming majority of kids who have felt bullied are okay with being transgender, there are some parents who may be uncomfortable.
For the majority of parents, the answer is simple.
“I’m not comfortable with my kid being gay or being transgender,” said the mother of a 6-year-old who identifies as gay.
“But I’m not sure what to do about it.”
For the parents who have questions, the CBS News team spoke to a number of experts.
The special includes:Bethany L. Williams, M.D., a pediatrician and author of “Love Your Children: How to Talk to Your Gay or Trans Kids,” is the author of the book “Love My Transgender Son: How I Love My Son” and “Love Me When I’m Homosexual: My Transgender Journey.”
She told the CBS news team, “I do think it’s important for parents to have open dialogue about their kids’ sexuality.
I’ve been in the family for 27 years and we don’t have any issues.””
My own family is a very supportive family.
I’ve been in the family for 27 years and we don’t have any issues.”
But Williams also told the television news team that there are also important safety concerns for kids who are transgender, including bullying and physical assault.
“Parents should not put their kids in a box,” she said.
“And there’s no such thing as being comfortable being gay, or being trans.
Parents should be very cautious.”
She also said that parents should try to have an open conversation with their kids about gender identity and gender expression.
“If they are uncomfortable with that, they shouldn’t be going to the doctor, they should just talk to their parents.”