Stories That Inspire Us / The Author Series, welcomed to today’s podcast, Friday, June 16, 2023, John Sovec (Episode #121). John is a nationally recognized expert on creating affirmative support for LGBTQ teens and their families during the coming out process. He is the clinical consultant for The Life Group LA, adjunct faculty at Phillips Graduate Institute and guest lecturer at Alliant University, Antioch, Cal State Fullerton, and USC School of Social Work. John is currently a member of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
John is the Author of Out: A Parent’s Guide to Supporting Your LGBTQIA+ Kid Through Coming Out and Beyond (just released in May 2023). John speaks at conferences nationwide, maintains a private practice, and provides training for community agencies, schools, non-profits, and professional consultation on how to successfully support LGBTQ teens.
The “words you need” the “more words you need” is a part of the process to connect on a deeper level for the parent and child when coming out. As John explained, when a child comes “out” to their parents, the child has actually thought about how to have this conversation with their parents for quite some time. Typically, the parent may be the 2nd or 3rd person to find out.
There is guidance and care for each party involved. In other words, most definitely for the child and for the parent / parents, perhaps a grieving process. While my words alone in these show notes cannot adequately articulate John’s heartfelt, caring and loving gift of compassion for all involved, there is hope and guidance to create a new family environment.
“Many parents and teens find themselves not knowing where to turn. “Out” is like sitting down to a trusted friend. This is the go-to resource for any parent supporting their LGBTQIA+ kid through the coming out process.”
John is a nationally recognized expert on creating affirmative support for LGBTQ adolescents with his work featured on The Riki Lake Show, OWN, FOX, The Advocate, Bravo, LA Talk Radio, The Washington Post, and columns for Huffington Post, Medium, and Good Therapy.
To connect with John further, please check out his websites and various social media platforms:
Are you or someone that you know going through a similar story? Please share this podcast with them and have them reach out to John. Also, click the Amazon link above to purchase “Out”. He would love the opportunity to share with you how he can support you.
Let me know what you thought of today’s episode. Also, do you have a story you want to share? Your story will inspire others as John’s has! If you are interested in sharing your story, please go to my website and “register as a guest”.
Thank you John - “Truly” these are the Stories That Inspire Us!!