Toward an Ever More Supportive, Accepting, and Loving Parenthood: Being a Better Parent to Our LGBTQ+ Children

  • 22 Jun 2023
  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (EDT)
  • Webinar


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Parenting is a hard job. Being a good and responsible parent is a never-ending, lifelong job. Just ask the parents of grown children who themselves have become parents. For the parents of LGBTQ+ individuals, there can be added complexity to the already challenging role of a parent.

When parents are heterosexual and cisgender, they may have little preparedness for raising and supporting a child or young adult whose sexual orientation or gender identity may not only be different but completely unfamiliar. Religious beliefs, cultural values, and stereotyped fears may compound the parents’ confusion and ability to be accepting, supportive, and nurturing parents. Expanding language and vocabulary, and adjusting to different societal norms can add additional layers to a parent’s uncertainty and inject feelings of confusion, embarrassment, rejection, or awkwardness into the relationship.

What can the parents of LGBTQ+ individuals do to be better, loving, and more supportive parents? How can the legal community support the parents of LGBTQ+ children and their families?

Join us for an empowering and informative webinar designed specifically for anyone seeking to enhance their understanding and support for LGBTQ+ children and their families. Our panel of speakers will delve into the intricacies of parenting LGBTQ+ children, exploring strategies for creating an inclusive environment, advocating for their rights, and fostering positive relationships within the family unit.


  • Kylie Byron, Employee Relations Investigator, Seattle City Light
  • Christine Jordan, Attorney and Member of the Blackfeet Nation
  • Robert A. Marchman, Senior Policy Advisor on Diversity and Inclusion, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Office of Minority and Women Inclusion
  • Kathryn McCabe, Executive Director, Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth
  • Shannon Minter, Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • Alexandro M. Padres, Partner, Paul Hastings LLP
  • Samantha Tenner, Lawyer and Therapist, Samantha Tenner, PLLC

The program is being offered free of charge to all lawyers and staff for IILP’s Visionary Partners, Partners, and Allies. Unsure if your firm/company supports IILP? Find out here.

The program is open to the public.


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