A willingness to accept and embrace what’s unfamiliar is something we all go through. Some understand this more than others. Adam Nugent and Kate Strong have an important conversation with Drew Armstrong and Brent Fisher of Dragon Dads, a group fighting to prevent teen suicide and to provide support and education to other fathers who want to show love and support for their LGBTQ+ children. Learn more about how you can show support within your community and help to truly make this world a better place.
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In this podcast excerpt, Drew Armstrong shares the emotional moment when his transgender son asked for help because he was struggling with thoughts of suicide:
He came into our bedroom at three o’clock in the morning and said, “Dad, I need to go to the hospital.”
And the fact that he trusted me enough to tell me that instead of . . . man, I’ve got a lot of friends that have found their kid in the closet in the morning, not coming out of a closet ever again because they have a hanger around their neck and they’re dead.
Having earned the trust of my child by supporting him and taking him seriously that whole time, I mean, that’s huge. That’s something that I earned, and that’s what Dragon Dads is about—to help fathers to be willing to understand what the risks are and how much better that outcome’s gonna be if they support their children and take this seriously.
Thank you for sharing that. . . .
My biggest hope through all of this is to have a greater understanding and a little bit more empathy. We all have our beliefs around something, but until you’ve been in somebody’s shoes and experienced that, you really don’t know.
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