The Core Issues of Loving Your LGBTQ Child

Loving Your LGBTQ Child and Strengthening Your Faith!

When your child reveals that he or she is attracted to the same sex, how you respond may have a lot to do with your faith. Doesn’t the Bible say that’s wrong? Will we have to leave our church? Worst of all, you may wonder, “Do I have to choose between my Christian faith and my child?

Susan Cottrell is a mom who has been there and wants you to know that loving and accepting your LGBTQ child does not mean abandoning or even compromising your faith.

This FreedHearts Online video course for parents - “Mom, I’m Gay” – The Core Issues of Loving Your LGBTQ Child - will help you respond with love and support during this vulnerable time for your child. With practical advice and heartfelt encouragement, Susan guides you through the fear and uncertainty Christian parents of LGBTQ children often feel. 

Each session is under 20 minutes and it is best if you take the course in the order of the sessions.

Remember, you are not alone. :-) 

(For more information on Susan Cottrell and FreedHearts, you can visit our main website:

Intended Audience: Parents, Family of LGBTQ

1) My Journey: From Evangelical Leader to Loving Parent & Fierce Advocate
2) Our Responsibility as Parents: Seven Key Points
3) Issues Every Parent Faces
4) Unclobbering the Clobber Passages - Old Testament
5) Unclobbering the Clobber Passages - New Testament
6) Love God & Love Others - But How?
7) Desconstructing the Common Arguments
8) Transgender and Intersex
9) Advocating Without Debating: A Look Beyond Theology
10) The Power of Community
11) Ten Things To Do Right Now & The Truth About Your Child
12) You Are on the Right Track: Leading From The Margins

What's included

  • 12 Video Lessons

  • Works on all devices
  • Certificate of completion

Susan Cottrell


SUSAN COTTRELL is the prominent voice for faith parents of LGBTQ children. She is an international speaker, teacher, theologian and counselor with years of biblical study and discipleship experience. Susan champions the LGBTQ community and families with her characteristic tender-heartedness, and she zealously challenges Christians who reject them with her wise insistence that love—of God and others—is the foundation of faith. She spent 25 years in the Evangelical church, was a leader there, and is now the Founder and President of FreedHearts (, and served as the Vice-President of PFLAG Austin (Texas). Her book “Mom, I’m Gay”—Loving Your LGBTQ Child and Strengthening Your Faith is published by Westminster John Knox Press, and has been endorsed by The Human Rights Campaign, PFLAG, The Gay Christian Network and many others. She is also the author of a healing workbook for LGBTQ - True Colors: Celebrating the Truth and Beauty of the Real You. She and her husband Rob have been married nearly 30 years and have five children, two of whom are in the LGBTQ community. They live in Austin, Texas.