We have very good news about the Tell IT Out book.
The book is almost ready.
Its edition will be sponsored by the Council of Europe – SOGIESC. Please see below the Preface to the book written by the Head of SOGIESC Unit Eleni Tsetsekou.
The Council of Europe has repeatedly drawn attention to discrimination against children and young people on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or sex characteristics (SOGIESC) and the huge value of parental support.
Many parents may be at a loss as to where to turn for advice when confronted with the situation where their child is perceived as not conforming on the grounds of SOGIESC. Although it cannot replace face-to-face advice, this book can provide much needed support and reassurance for such parents.
The testimonies in this book give a powerful insight into the importance of loving, encouraging parents, irrespective of their child’s SOGIESC. The consequences of discrimination stemming from dominant SOGIESC-based stereotyping and restrictive norms in the social environment can lead to a child hiding their real selves, bottling-up unmanageable stress, fear of parental rejection and the potential for untold harm. An accepting, supportive family can bring their child unimagined happiness, wellbeing and afford them the same opportunities as all other children to flourish in life.
The Council of Europe’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Unit stands by these brave parents who give the best lessons in love and commitment to common values in a society which has discriminated generations of children on grounds of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or sex characteristics. We strongly hope that these real-life examples will give inspiration to all who read them.
Eleni Tsetsekou, Head of SOGIESC Unit