Affirmation

ASSERTING POSITIVELY. TO MAINTAIN THE OTHER AS TRUE. TO
SUPPORT AND UPHOLD THE OTHER, DESPITE DIFFERENCES.
Individual who “affirm” LGBTQ young people also have admiration and
acknowledge that being gay/lesbian in our society takes strength. They are also
willing to look at themselves and examine and work on their own homophobic
attitudes.
Part of affirmation is an appreciation which values the diversity of people and
sees LGBTQ persons as a valid part of diversity.
Affirmation also includes nurturance, assuming that LGBTQ young people are
indispensable in our society, viewing them with genuine affection and delight,
willing to be advocates of this population.
Do not feel guilty or ashamed if you have to work through your own feelings of
being scared, shocked, disbelieving, uncomfortable, unsure of how to respond,
wondering why you have to deal with this, angry or disgusted before you are ready
to “affirm” a LGBTQ young person. You have your own good reasons forhow you
feel.