DEAR DEIDRE: FIVE years ago, I came out as gay and split from my kids’ mother. My ex and I are quite friendly now but my family are making waves.
I met my current partner 18 months ago. We didn’t rush things but now plan to buy a house soon. I’m 36, he’s 39.
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I want my children to meet him but my parents aren’t accepting. They were going to bring the kids to mine for Sunday lunch in the garden. But when I said my partner would be here, they found an excuse not to bring them.
How do I get them to accept my relationship?
DEIDRE SAYS: It is not for your parents to call the shots. It is for you and your ex to settle between you.
Talk to your ex about how important it is for your children to feel welcome and comfortable in both your homes. Could you and your partner meet up with her first – minus the kids? Then, next time, the children could come along.
Leave your parents out of this for now if they struggle with their prejudices.
Find guidance on how best to approach them through FFLAG, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (fflag.org.uk, 0300 688 0368).
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