“I come out everyday, to everyone I meet, and even those I don’t. Each day I have to decide how proud I am, and it reflects in everything I say, everything I feel, and everything I do.”

-Nathaniel Gray, MSW

Founder of The Proud Path

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Learn to speak your child’s language!

Bring the joy back into their lives by being the supportive, informed parent you want to be.

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The courses below were designed specifically to help parents of LGBTQ+ kids. Your child is in need of your support beyond just acceptance. The Proud Path Bundle of courses is strategically built to gradually educate you on best ways to support your child. After many years working with young people, many of whom suffered from depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts, I can promise you that this is designed to alleviate those symptoms through positive parental support!

The Proud Path Bundle

Bundle Discount! Each course is $27, but you can get all six courses (originally $162) for just $127! This is the most popular option among supportive parents of LGBTQ+ kids.

If you are the parent or loved one of an LGBTQ+ youth, this information is vital to your ability to support them from their first step out of the closet, to every step along The Proud Path.

Defining LGBTQIA

Doesn’t it seem like only yesterday talking about someone’s gender or sexuality was much more simple? Man or woman, straight or gay. While many people do still fit into these simple categories, as time goes on, more and more people step forward to identify how they feel in their own skin. Some are discovering that they feel between genders, or attracted to more than the simple labels of man or woman. This course is an introduction to some of the terminology around gender and sexuality. The goal is to start with a foundation of knowledge, to make it easier to talk about with children, peers, and parents. Education is the key to feeling confident in your ability to understand and support those around you who are a part of the LGBTQIA community.

The Four Spectrum

Did you know that we all exist on 4 different spectrums of gender and sexuality at all times? Yes, even a straight, cisgender person still lives within the 4 spectrums. This module will teach you about these various spectrums, why they are important, and how each play a role in our identity. By understanding these concepts, you can begin to break down the rigid concepts of gender stereotype that we are brought up with from birth.

Mourning the Loss

The truth is, coming out affects more than just the LGBTQ+ young person. In the moment of coming out, the parents lose a child that they always thought they had. Even if the parents are supportive, there is still a loss that needs to be acknowledged in order to process. This module strikes at the heart of that loss to honor the grief parents feel so that they can accept the change and move beyond it.

Understanding Coming Out

What is coming out? In this module you will learn more about what coming out is like as a teen. Also, you’ll find out what it feels like to keep something bottled up and why some people choose that rather than live out loud. Most importantly, we’ll learn strategies to help support your child as they are coming out in larger spaces like school, social circles, and within family.

What Not to Say

Both in my research and personal experience, I’ve come across common phrases that parents say during and after the coming out process. These phrases can be detrimental to the growth of the LGBTQ+ young person, and quietly weaken the relationship between parent and child. In this module, we won’t simply talk about specific phrases, but rather, the underlying impact certain phrases can have. I’ve delineated these responses into 3 categories: Denial/Minimization, Sexualization, and Fear.

What to Say

Using the former module, What Not to Say, as a platform, this course highlights three specific themes to help you start a dialogue. As a parent, being able to guide and support your child is vital. This will teach you the rules to follow when discussing sexuality and gender identity in order to make sure your child hears you. The purpose of this is to understand the impact of your words as a parent, as well as how they can affect your child for the long term.

My Journey

Using the past to change the future

“Mom, I want to talk to you about something…” I didn’t know how she would respond, and I was really scared. But it wasn’t over yet, I had to talk to my dad about it, a former Marine and construction worker. While he and I laugh about that moment now, it was so terrifying to put into words the things I had been thinking and feeling. He was laying on the couch, and made an off-hand joke about someone being my boyfriend. And in that moment, and very nervous about how it would turn out, I said, “actually… yes. He is my boyfriend.” His reaction was so unexpected and very powerful. And neither of them had any experience parenting an LGBTQ+ child.
I talk about this and more, including drag queens and crazy adventures in my Coming Out video! Check it out!

My Journey

Using the past to change the future

“Mom, I want to talk to you about something…” I didn’t know how she would respond, and I was really scared. But it wasn’t over yet, I had to talk to my dad about it, a former Marine and construction worker. While he and I laugh about that moment now, it was so terrifying to put into words the things I had been thinking and feeling. He was laying on the couch, and made an off-hand joke about someone being my boyfriend. And in that moment, and very nervous about how it would turn out, I said, “actually… yes. He is my boyfriend.” His reaction was so unexpected and very powerful. And neither of them had any experience parenting an LGBTQ+ child.
I talk about this and more, including drag queens and crazy adventures in my Coming Out video! Check it out!

I found this training EXTREMELY relevant in an immediate sense, since I met one-on-one with a client later that afternoon, who is just beginning the coming out process to certain people (friends, teachers, program participants). As my client directed our conversation, he echoed some of the exact things that Nathaniel touched on in the training, particularly friends/peers asking him when and how “he knew” he was gay, and also trying to navigate negative, hurtful stereotypes he often hears, many of which are sexual in nature. I hope that was able to help him sort through the anger and confusion he was at least feeling in that moment, and found many of the ways Nathaniel directed training an extreme aid in the way I spoke to, and listened to, my client . His behavior in program was SIGNIFICANTLY different following our conversation (engaging in discussion, answering questions, not on his phone), and I hope that he begins to find open, supportive communities in program and here in NYC as he grows to see how unique and wonderful he is.

Thank you Nathaniel!

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Check out the latest blog posts

Each post is about the LGBTQ+ queer experience, whether In the Home, At School, In the News, or just How It Works. Nathaniel has been featured on diversity blogs like Writing Diversely and contributes to Fordham University’s Social Work Newsletter

Check out the latest blog posts

Each post is about the LGBTQ+ queer experience, whether In the Home, At School, In the News, or just How It Works. Nathaniel has been featured on diversity blogs like Writing Diversely and contributes to Fordham University’s Social Work Newsletter

Voting While Trans

This coming midterm election is undoubtedly one of the most politically charged that i have seen in my lifetime. Whichever side of the aisle you’re on, you must admit that since the presidential election “business as usual” has changed dramatically, and many unprecedented behaviors and policy decisions have occurred. In my life as an American one thing has been made clear to me: the ability to vote is undeniably tethered to American citizenship and is to be taken seriously. Now, what if I told you that isn’t true for transgender people?

The Transgender Bathroom Situation

I want you to think back a bit. Before the infamous House Bill 2 in North Carolina in 2016, which restricted trans individuals from using the bathroom aligned with their gender, how much did you think about trans people using the bathroom? I imagine, unless you are, or are related to, a trans person, not a whole lot. I’m in my mid-30s and never, not once, have I gone into the men’s room wondering if any of the people using the bathroom are trans. So why on earth did this bill get made in the first place? Let’s get to the bottom of it…

And Your Bride-to-Be?

I’m getting married this year! In fact it’s like 8 weeks away, and I am feeling all the feelings about it. Anyone who has ever planned a wedding knows that there are so many people to call and talk to and plan to orchestrate the whole thing. In my relationship, I’m that person, and I love it. It has been fun to pick venues, build our wedding website, and taste test cake! My fiancé and I aren’t particularly tied to any of the major traditional aspects of a wedding, which has made it fun to figure out how we want our wedding to be outside of the expectation. However, there are certain things that must be done, like getting tuxedos or reserving hotel rooms. These mundane tasks have taken an interesting turn for me as the planner. Every call I make and email I receive is drenched in good old heteronormativity. For those of you who see that word and think, “here we go again, another new crazy word for me to worry about,” I’ll try to explain it quickly.

Check out the latest blog posts

Each post is about the LGBTQ+ queer experience, whether In the Home, At School, In the News, or just How It Works. Nathaniel has been featured on diversity blogs like Writing Diversely and contributes to Fordham University’s Social Work Newsletter

Voting While Trans

This coming midterm election is undoubtedly one of the most politically charged that i have seen in my lifetime. Whichever side of the aisle you’re on, you must admit that since the presidential election “business as usual” has changed dramatically, and many unprecedented behaviors and policy decisions have occurred. In my life as an American one thing has been made clear to me: the ability to vote is undeniably tethered to American citizenship and is to be taken seriously. Now, what if I told you that isn’t true for transgender people?

The Transgender Bathroom Situation

I want you to think back a bit. Before the infamous House Bill 2 in North Carolina in 2016, which restricted trans individuals from using the bathroom aligned with their gender, how much did you think about trans people using the bathroom? I imagine, unless you are, or are related to, a trans person, not a whole lot. I’m in my mid-30s and never, not once, have I gone into the men’s room wondering if any of the people using the bathroom are trans. So why on earth did this bill get made in the first place? Let’s get to the bottom of it…

And Your Bride-to-Be?

I’m getting married this year! In fact it’s like 8 weeks away, and I am feeling all the feelings about it. Anyone who has ever planned a wedding knows that there are so many people to call and talk to and plan to orchestrate the whole thing. In my relationship, I’m that person, and I love it. It has been fun to pick venues, build our wedding website, and taste test cake! My fiancé and I aren’t particularly tied to any of the major traditional aspects of a wedding, which has made it fun to figure out how we want our wedding to be outside of the expectation. However, there are certain things that must be done, like getting tuxedos or reserving hotel rooms. These mundane tasks have taken an interesting turn for me as the planner. Every call I make and email I receive is drenched in good old heteronormativity. For those of you who see that word and think, “here we go again, another new crazy word for me to worry about,” I’ll try to explain it quickly.

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Not sure exactly how The Proud Path can help?
Schedule a free call with Nathaniel to get an idea of how The Proud Path can help you and your child grow and learn together!

Nathaniel strikes the perfect balance between empathy and expertise, with his guidance demonstrating both genuine kindness and a fundamental knowledge about issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community. Having seen Nathaniel work with students, many of whom are questioning their gender identities, going through the coming out process, or exploring their sexualities, I’ve seen firsthand his ability to make a difference and have an inspiring effect on those around him.

Louise Cohen-Silver Ph.D.

Private School Administrator, Fusion Academy

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Thank you so much for what you are educating educators about! I worry that most adults are too uncomfortable talking about gender and sexuality so thank you for trying to normalize discussions so children can get the support they need. You’re a HERO!

Chelsea S.

Grade School Teacher, PS 59 Harbor View School

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Personalized  education strategies for you

Need one-on-one time to be mentored through your thoughts and concerns about parenting an LGBTQ+ child? Nathaniel has training in Social Work Counseling, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness Practice. In each session he brings with him extensive research in the LGBTQ community, his own narrative as a guide, and an open heart and mind to meet you where you are and figure out how best to get you to the supportive place you want to be.

Mentorship

Personalized  education strategies for you

Need one-on-one time to be mentored through your thoughts and concerns about parenting an LGBTQ+ child? Nathaniel has training in Social Work Counseling, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness Practice. In each session he brings with him extensive research in the LGBTQ community, his own narrative as a guide, and an open heart and mind to meet you where you are and figure out how best to get you to the supportive place you want to be.

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