LGBT or Straight – What (Sex) Lifestyle will YOUR Kids Choose – at #DadChat

Category: #DadChat

Gay or Straight?

#DadChat has never shied away from tough topics and this week’s chat, Thursday May 15  from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. PT/9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET,  is NO exception as we take on the (sexual) lifestyle choices our kids WILL be exposed to AND taught in our schools. The topic came up when I invited a gay friend to be our co-host. He’s a Social Media love-hound, flamboyant in his looks and demeanor in a totally infectious way, and beloved among all his friends.


His first reaction was fear. He said that only recently had he even begun to have good and trustful relationships with heterosexual men. I was stunned to hear this since my feelings towards him are simple. He’s cool. I don’t really care who he sleeps with – he’s a good person and THAT is how I judge people.

When I suggested that an open discussion about sexuality at #DadChat would be refreshing and probably very helpful for many, he agreed. However, getting him to formally and fully commit has proven elusive. Nonetheless, in his honor and the honor and respect of all  “diverse” lifestyles, I want to take on this topic with our incredible community this Thursday. Normally I dislike the word “diverse” because I believe it’s become over-used and too politically correct. But, it’s the perfect word for this topic.

Is “Choose” a poor choice-of-words (in the title)? Do our kids have a choice about their sexuality?

How would you deal with a child who cross-dressed?

If your son liked to play with dolls, would you encourage or discourage that behavior?

When your teenage daughter tells you she’s “kissed a girl,” how will you respond?

If your son comes home with a “boyfriend” will you embrace him? Your daughter with a “girlfriend?

Let’s be open and frank about our feelings. Let’s ask these hard questions. Let’s support those of us struggling with any of these issues!

Suggested tweets to promote this week’s #DadChat:

~~ Gay or Straight – do YOU care which your kid is? #DadChat Thursday

~~ Sex Lifestyle and OUR kids at #DadChat tomorrow

~~ LGBT is not just an acronym – #DadChat tonight!

This week’s #DadChat transcript

  • dadofdivas

    Thank you for taking on this topic, I truly appreciate it!

    • Bruce Sallan

      @dadofdivas:disqus – we never shy away from the tough topics at #DadChat, Chris – hope you’ll join us!

  • Brian Husted

    As a straight man with homosexual and lesbian friends and immediate family, I’m curious to hear what this discussion will be. To say the least it’s a very touchy subject. Trying to be as PC as possible on this is like walking a tight rope.

    In your description of the chat you called it a “lifestyle choice”, From my limited experience with members of the LBGT community, I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t consider their sexual orientation a matter of “choice” for them.. Did you choose to be straight? When did you make that decision?

    Sorry, I’ll save it for Thursday. Should be an interesting discussion.

    • Bruce Sallan

      @brianhusted:disqus – I love walking that tightrope. Yes, some would say it’s NOT a choice while others say it is – OR can be influenced. Yes, it will be interesting and possibly provocative! Good…