Answering Kids' LGBTQ Questions

Melissa Kossler Dutton
United States' Megan Rapinoe holds the trophy celebrating at the end of the Women's World Cup final soccer match between U.S. and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France, on July 7, 2019. The U.S. defeated the Netherlands 2-0. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Coverage of the Women’s World Cup has included various stories about the number of lesbians playing in the tournament. Five members of the U.S. Women’s National Team, including star Megan Rapinoe, as well as coach Jillian Ellis, are openly gay, putting a spotlight on the increasingly visible role of LGBTQ athletes in professional sports. 

If this has your kids asking questions, it’s a great time to talk with them about the importance of diversity, equality and inclusivity. The Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights and lobbying organization, has several useful resources for talking with kids about LGBTQ issues. 

HRC offers tips on answering questions such as, “What does ‘gay’ mean?” They suggest keeping answers simple and offering a definition such as, “Gay means two people of the same gender who love each other—two women or two men.” Answer the question honestly, without overloading a young person.

The Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles also has advice for parents that includes teaching proper vocabulary, keeping dialogue open and offering honest answers using age-appropriate language. 


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