It used to be that when parents talked about the birds and the bees with their teen, they covered how babies were made, and how not to get pregnant. Or as it is now more comprehensively called, how to practice safe sex. Times we live in are different. There is thankfully more awareness and acceptance of differing sexual identities and orientations. What all should a parent cover in those talks over a child's teen years? How to even get started? Honestly, it would take me something like a one semester college course to really understand all the terms. October 11th is National Coming Out Day. Thought it would be a good day to start this thread. Please no debate about homosexuality, let's stick to the topic -- how can parents talk about these things with the child. How can a parent let a child know that the parent will always love and support the child when the parent himself does not fully understand all that's involved. Share your thoughts, or any good links you come across that help parents navigate these tricky talks that go beyond how babies are made and safe sex. . .