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ASKING ALEX ABOUT: PARENTAL ACCEPTANCE

Alex Runyon, Photo Editor

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How do you navigate dealing with the rejection of one parent because of your sexuality, and wanting to spend more time with the other who is more accepting?

Dealing with rejection from a parent, for any reason, is undoubtedly difficult. I’m sure it’s especially hard when the rejection is a reaction to something about you that you can’t – and shouldn’t – change. You need to be around people who support you, and if your other parent is being supportive and accepting, it makes sense for you to gravitate toward them. I hope both parents eventually accept and support you equally, but, in the meantime, don’t feel bad about spending more time with the people you know have your back. If it helps to discuss your feelings with your more supportive parent, consider doing so.

Alex Runyon can be contacted at [email protected]

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