Wij de ouders
National network for parents of LGBT+ people
Your child came out of the closet. This can be a time of uncertainty, for you as well as for your child. Having an LGBT+ child involves something like a coming out experience for yourself as well.
Wijdekerk is there for LGBT+ people and their loved ones, including their parents. So many questions pop up when your child comes out. A closeted or openly LGBT+ child can be vulnerable. It's important to respond to them with God's love. We want to offer you our support in this process.
You're also confronted with your congregation. Not every Christian knows how to respond in a constructive or supportive way to your LGBT+ child. There's so much more to say on the topic than some Christians will have you believe. Wijdekerk believes that there is a way of acceptance, love and confirmation for our children. You're not alone.
'Wij de ouders' (We are the parents) wants to be a safe place. It's a space for conversation, listening to each other and sharing your experiences. This is done in several ways, through:
a private Facebook group
a national meet up day every first Saturday of October
general point of contact
regional points of contact
Do you have a question, or do you need someone who listens to you? Click here for our list of parents in your neighbourhood. They like it to be there for you.
If you, as a parent, are further along in the process or if you have no problems with the combination of LGBT+ issues and your Christian faith, we also would like to come into contact with you. We need parents who want to connect with and support orther parents. Please get in contact with Paula Blokhuis.
The planned meetings can be found under OuderTijden further on this page.