I found this excellent post that applies to parents of many stripes–not just Christian parents.
Any time a kid musters the courage to share the truth about who s/he is, the conversation and the complete focus need to be about the kid. Parents, buck up and think about your own baggage and issues later.
Christian Parents: If Your Child Comes Out to You, Here Are 5 Ways to Blow it
Many adults have no clue to how difficult it is for a kid to make those words come out–those words that they know have led to friends’ getting kicked out or beaten…or worse.
The act of trusting and honoring an adult (especially one who is in a position of power) with this information is a leap of faith on many levels. It is not to be taken lightly.
Don’t blow it.