Last weekend, in the conference hall of the organization GIZ a new meeting of the parents’ initiative TERGO was held.
It was the largest meeting during the existence of the organization. From all over the country came about twenty parents (usually 10-15 people attended the meetings). In addition, the two fathers arrived for the first time and the mother of a transgender person.
The parents shared the stories of coming-outs of their own children and their reactions to this event. The psychologists of the organization conducted the trainings for the participants which helped them to understand their fears and anxieties.
"During this meeting, I saw more and more mothers were talking openly on LGBT topics; they want to know some details, for example, the origination of homosexuality. It was a very open and unprecedented gathering", says the integrated German expert Sven Stabroth.
He added that they also discussed the organizational questions: who wants to be a "living book", where the next exhibition Our family will be held.
"Most parents are willing to speak publicly about themselves." says Sven.
Natalia, a homosexual child's mother, said that the meeting brought like-minded people together, so everything was interesting and useful.
"A pleasant and productive meeting of co-thinking moms who share much in common – we all have homosexual children. Excellent work of psychologists, as always, brings results – we slightly wept again, "ready for battle" – to love their children and help them to live. We thank the organizers for their care, and all the participants – for emotional empathy. Here we can be ourselves and not to hide our own fears and concerns, to survive together much easier, " she said.
Also Antonina remains pleased by the meeting, "We discussed very interesting topics to get answers to questions that have troubled. It’s nice that there are new moms who tell their interesting stories."
The next meeting of the parents’ organization TERGO will be held in May. The material of the National LGBT portal about the initiative can be found here.
Prepared by Oleksii Simonchuk