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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

    • Parenting
    • 5.0 • 31 Ratings

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!

    The Magic of Mindfulness - An Interview with Andrew Jordan Nance

    The Magic of Mindfulness - An Interview with Andrew Jordan Nance

    038 - In this episode, Heather interviews Andrew Jordan Nance, founder of Mindful Arts San Francisco whose mission is to provide literary and arts-based mindfulness instruction to youth at underserved San Francisco schools. He has been an educator for...

    • 1 hr 22 min
    What Your Non-Binary Teen Wishes You Knew - An Interview with Rae McDaniel

    What Your Non-Binary Teen Wishes You Knew - An Interview with Rae McDaniel

    037 - In this episode, Heather interviews Rae McDaniel, founder of the online coaching community, The Gender Fck Club (awesome resources here), as well as Practical Audacity, a gender and sex therapy practice in Chicago.  They have been featured in The...

    • 56 min
    A Substance Use Primer - An Interview with Richard Capriola

    A Substance Use Primer - An Interview with Richard Capriola

    036 - In this episode, Heather interviews Richard Capriola, author of The Addicted Child: A Parent’s Guide to Adolescent Substance Abuse. Richard has over two decades of experience working with adults and adolescents diagnosed with substance abuse...

    • 43 min
    Tips for Responding to Non-Affirming or Unsupportive Family and Friends

    Tips for Responding to Non-Affirming or Unsupportive Family and Friends

    035 - Heather responds to a listener's question about how to handle someone who is non-affirming with a tip and example-filled "101" episode. She discusses the importance of word choice, gives several general tips, and three detailed examples based on...

    • 20 min
    Hard Days Suck

    Hard Days Suck

    034 - This short episode packs a punch! Heather candidly shares some recent experiences and her thoughts on hard days, as well as the serendipitous discovery of an article by one of her favorite thought leaders, Brene Brown. HERE is a link to Ms....

    • 12 min
    A Gay Man's Guide to Life - An Interview with Britt East

    A Gay Man's Guide to Life - An Interview with Britt East

    033 - In this episode, Heather interviews author and speaker, Britt East. While Britt's book, "A Gay Man's Guide to Life," is written for gay men by a gay man - it is an engaging, informative read that really sheds light on understanding gay men for...

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

TSwynacht ,

Helped so much!!

I have learned so much and feel so much less alone after listening! Thank so much!!

DrMMcNally ,

Must-Listen!

This podcast is a must-listen for those wanting to learn how to best help the LGBTQ teen or young adult in their life. Heather is a thoughtful host who offers great information and support. Such a great podcast with great information!

SoulNotSkin ,

Heather, Thank You.

When I was Conners age, I don’t think Ellen Degeneres was out yet. The world has changed so much since that time. I’m glad I’m alive to see it. I find myself cheering on parents like Heather who are willing to step out of their own comfort zone and reputations to stand by LGBTQ children and love us - out loud! This is such an important show. BIG LOVE for this courageous family in the midwest. Yay YOU!

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