When the child of Christian parents comes out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer these parents often struggle to reconcile their faith with their child’s sexuality or gender identity. Parents typically feel alone. They have no one to turn to and believe that no one will understand their experiences. Many times, there is no one to guide them or show them that good can arise from what they may view as disaster.
As part of our ongoing effort to provide resources for Christian parents of LGBTQ children, The Marin Foundation has created an online video series called “Parent Perspectives: Journeys of Faith with our LGBTQ Children”. These videos are accessible on The Marin Foundation Youtube channel and through the Parent Resources page on our website. In these videos, Christian parents of LGBTQ children share their personal stories in the hopes that other parents can learn from and be comforted by their experiences.
This month we are proud to release our second video which features John and Eva Sullivan-Knoff. John and Eva share with us their thoughts, feelings, and reactions to their child’s journey coming out first as gay and then later as transgender. They describe moving from a place of fear to seeing their daughter as “living with integrity”. Eva, a former pastor and now a spiritual director, discusses her fear of losing her job and stigma in the church. As a married couple, John and Eva outline the differences in the way they reacted and how they navigated that together. They also examine some of the unique pressures and concerns that transgender individuals and their families face.
We hope these stories will speak to your heart and be a resource for you. Please share these videos with your friends, family, pastors, congregations and anyone else who you think will benefit from watching them. Keep an eye on our website as we add additional videos in the future.
The Marin Foundation