<p>I'm going to do a little shameless bragging.</p><p>Those who know me personally know I have a soft spot in my heart for pro-equality parents of LGBT children. I often call them "equality moms," since I know far more women than men who fit this description, but I suppose I really should find a more inclusive term. <a href="http://www.bilerico.com/assets_c/2012/09/j_m_parents_heleng-27915.php"><img src="http://www.bilerico.com/assets_c/2012/09/j_m_parents_heleng-thumb-250x187-27915.jpg" width="250" height="187" alt="j_m_parents_heleng.jpg" style="float: right;" /></a>But whatever one calls them, hell hath no fury like a parent fighting for their LGBT child. </p><p>In my experience, equality parents are often able to reach out even to hardened homophobes who wouldn't be receptive to a pro-equality message from one of us LGBT folk. After all, who (other than a sociopath) can't relate, at least on some level, to the love of a parent for their child? </p><p>And when parents choose to affirm and embrace their LGBT children and trust the truth of their child's identity, they may also quite literally be saving the child's life: a 2009 study by San Francisco State University researcher Caitlin Ryan published a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics that found that LGBT teens who experienced negative feedback from their family were three times more likely to use drugs, six times more vulnerable to severe depression, and eight times more likely to have attempted suicide than their peers.</p><p>And now, for the shameless bragging: yesterday my <a href="http://www.truthwinsout.org/blog/2011/09/19007/">home</a><a href="http://www.truthwinsout.org/blog/2011/10/19132/">town</a> newspaper, the <em>Green Bay Press-Gazette</em>, ran a <a href="http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20120920/GPG0101/309200174/Area-groups-offer-support-parents-gay-children">front-page story</a> about the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/119911801450108/">Adult Gay-Straight Alliance of Green Bay</a> (A-GSA) - a group for parents of LGBT children that my parents, Lyle and <a href="http://www.truthwinsout.org/blog/2011/12/21178/">Michele Becker</a>, were instrumental in founding - that used their own personal journeys to full acceptance as the springboard from which to tell the story.</p><p>When I first came out to my parents in 2003, they weren't exactly ready to fly a rainbow flag or march in a Pride parade.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bilerico.com/2012/09/meet_my_pro-equality_parents_lyle_michele_becker.php#more">Continue reading "Meet My (Pro-Equality) Parents: Lyle & Michele Becker"...</a></p><p><a href="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/vcMWxx6EfC_ceRrGmDEJjaM4sBs/0/da"><img src="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/vcMWxx6EfC_ceRrGmDEJjaM4sBs/0/di" border="0" ismap="true"></img></a><br/><a href="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/vcMWxx6EfC_ceRrGmDEJjaM4sBs/1/da"><img src="http://feedads.g.doubleclick.net/~a/vcMWxx6EfC_ceRrGmDEJjaM4sBs/1/di" border="0" ismap="true"></img></a></p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/BilericoProject/~4/0VijHlnn7Us" height="1" width="1"/>