It can seem that it goes against everything they have been taught in their faith. It often results in parents feeling torn between their son or daughter and their Christian faith.
So here are the stories of a mother and father realising that their son is gay – with deep thanks to Janet and Bruce.
Help and support is availble for parents who are grappling with this at FFLAG (Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
You can also read other stories on our Stories page.