Anne Dohrenwend, PhD Discusses Her Book "Coming Around: Parenting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual And Transgender Kids"

Thursday November 29, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

"I'm gay." When a child confides these words to a parent, they can totally transform the relationship. Whether that transformation results in a closer bond or a broken one is entirely dependent upon the parent's ability to accept, nurture and honor the child, whatever his or her sexual orientation.

Licensed Counseling Psychologist Anne Dohrenwend, Ph.D. will discuss these issues and her new book, Coming Around: Parenting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual And Transgender Kids. The event includes a book signing and books will be for sale.

In her book, Dohrenwend speaks to all parents, both liberals and conservatives, who are adjusting to having an LGBT child, and addresses tough issues that have the potential to tear families apart, such as differences in religious beliefs and political alliances. No difference in beliefs need separate child from parent. In fact, differences in attitudes and beliefs between parents and children are a natural part of maturation and a generational reality. Anne Dohrenwend, PhD, ABPP, has a PhD in counseling psychology from the University of North Dakota and is board certified in Clinical Health Psychology. She is currently the Assistant Program Director and Director of Behavioral Medicine for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at McLaren-Flint and Associate Professor at the College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University.

She will also sign copies of the book (which will be for sale) following the event. For more information on this event, call the Library at 327-4555 or visit our website at