Don’t Panic about Same-Sex Attraction with Sally Gary

Don’t Panic about Same-Sex Attraction with Sally Gary



In this episode, Sally Gary, author of Loves God, Likes Girls, joins us to talk about same-sex attraction. You’ll get to hear her own coming-out story and advice on how to better have conversations with teenagers about homosexuality. Don’t panic about same-sex attraction – positive, beneficial conversation can happen!


In this episode, you’ll find out…

  • The language and terms that teenagers use to talk about same-sex attraction.
  • Sally Gary’s own experience of coming-out to her parents.
  • The consequences of your reactions to other gay individuals or characters on television.
  • Advice on how to respond when a teenager tells you they are experiencing same-sex attraction.
  • The importance of an apology and how to repair broken relationships.
  • How to create a safe place where students won’t feel alone or isolated.

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Ask yourself…

  • What am I teaching my kids by the way I react to the gay community?
  • How can I better provide a sense of community and connectedness for teenagers?


Go ask a teen…

  • What has this been like for you?
  • Have you shared this with anyone else?
  • How has this been with your family and friends?


Additional Resources:

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About us: 

528547_10151233044896885_78928395_nSally Gary is the Executive Director of CenterPeace where she works to encourage churches, schools and families to have conversations about same-sex attraction. Before dedicating herself to CenterPeace full-time, she was a professor of communication at Abilene Christian University for 10 years. Sally is also a well-respected speaker and author of Loves God, Likes Girls: A Memoir.


11377119_10100426581499597_9202933750968968791_nChris Robey is the Program Director for Teen Lifeline, Inc. Earlier in his career while working as a youth minister, Chris earned a Masters Degree in Family Life Education from Lubbock Christian University to better equip his work with teenagers and families. Chris’ career and educational opportunities have exposed him to teenagers from a variety of backgrounds. Follow him on Twitter!



Karlie Duke started working as Teen Lifeline’s Communications Director after graduating from Abilene Christian University with a degree in Communications with a minor in Family Studies. Karlie has worked with teenagers for the past 5 years and is passionate about encouraging students to live better stories. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram!



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