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Do you have a child, teen, or young adult who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer? Do you feel alone in your effort to support them on their journey or navigate your own? Heather Hester from Chrysalis Mama is here to transform the conversation around loving and raising an LGBTQ+ teenager. In the three+ years since her son embraced his sexual identity as a young gay man, Heather and her family have felt every emotion, and have experienced dozens of situations ranging from heartwarming and humorous to terrifyingly life-threatening. She and her husband initially felt alone and overwhelmed, moving her to want to support others traveling a similar path. She desires to discuss taboo topics and erase stigmas surrounding the coming out process and parenting an LGBTQ+ teen. Heather's approach is based on four pillars - to Embrace, Educate, Empower, and Love - and most of all, to reinforce to all LGBTQ people, their families, and their allies that they are not alone!

Just Breathe: Parenting Your LGBTQ Teen Heather Hester

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Do you have a child, teen, or young adult who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer? Do you feel alone in your effort to support them on their journey or navigate your own? Heather Hester from Chrysalis Mama is here to transform the conversation around loving and raising an LGBTQ+ teenager. In the three+ years since her son embraced his sexual identity as a young gay man, Heather and her family have felt every emotion, and have experienced dozens of situations ranging from heartwarming and humorous to terrifyingly life-threatening. She and her husband initially felt alone and overwhelmed, moving her to want to support others traveling a similar path. She desires to discuss taboo topics and erase stigmas surrounding the coming out process and parenting an LGBTQ+ teen. Heather's approach is based on four pillars - to Embrace, Educate, Empower, and Love - and most of all, to reinforce to all LGBTQ people, their families, and their allies that they are not alone!

    Elephants to Elation: A recap

    Elephants to Elation: A recap

    024 - Heather's husband, Steve, was so blown away by Connor's three episodes that he suggested a recap episode to highlight the emotional journey and lessons learned from their perspective. They both also thought it would be great for all of the...

    • 53 min
    Connor Shares His Story - Part Three

    Connor Shares His Story - Part Three

    023 - Heather's son Connor has returned to the mic for a three-part series! In this episode, he shares the third part of his story (taking us to present-day) with humor, vulnerability, and the ability to recount what happened then, why, and what he has...

    • 49 min
    Connor Shares His Story - Part Two

    Connor Shares His Story - Part Two

    022 - Heather's son Connor has returned to the mic for a three-part series! In this episode, he shares the second part of his story with humor, vulnerability, and the ability to recount what happened then, why, and what he has learned since. Connor...

    • 57 min
    Connor Shares His Story - Part One

    Connor Shares His Story - Part One

    021 - Heather's son Connor has returned to the mic for a three-part series! In this episode, he shares the first part of his story with humor, vulnerability, and the ability to recount what happened then, why, and what he has learned since. Heather and...

    • 46 min
    What Are These Boundaries You Speak Of?! An Interview with Diane Becker Part Two

    What Are These Boundaries You Speak Of?! An Interview with Diane Becker Part Two

    020 - This episode is part two of Heather Hester's interview with Diane Becker. Diane is a nationally certified juvenile treatment specialist, a licensed clinical social worker, licensed continuing education provider for social workers and professional...

    • 39 min
    What Are These Boundaries You Speak Of?! An Interview with Diane Becker Part One

    What Are These Boundaries You Speak Of?! An Interview with Diane Becker Part One

    019 - In this episode, Heather Hester interviews Diane Becker. She is a nationally certified juvenile treatment specialist, a licensed clinical social worker, licensed continuing education provider for social workers and professional counselors, and has...

    • 54 min

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