First, congratulations that your child feels safe enough and trusts you enough to tell you. You are already doing good work, be proud.
Second all you have to do is love them. Make sure they feel heard, accepted and safe. Ask THEM what they need from you.
Gender Identity is how someone feels on the inside, how they internalize who they are.
Gender Expression is how you appear to the outside world.
Your Gender Identity and Expression don't always match.
There are also those that are Gender Expansive, who have either an Identity or Expression that is fluid. These people may appear one way today and another tomorrow.
Refers to the enduring physical, romantic and/or emotional attraction to members of the same and/or other genders, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and straight orientations.
A term used for those who do not describe themselves or their genders as fitting into the categories of man or woman. A range of terms are used to refer to these experiences; nonbinary and genderqueer are among the terms that are sometimes used.
A term used for those who are attracted to all genders ( cisgender, transgender, gender nonbinary, genderfluid, and agender folks (a person who doesn’t identify with any gender).
Asking people, rather than assuming their pronouns, is usually the best course of action.
Language is always changing, and one word may have several different meanings among different individuals. The best policy is to ask.
Transgender refers to when a person's identity and expression do not match their birth sex. Transitioning can include any, none or all of the following: telling one's friends, family and co-workers; changing one's name and pronouns; updating legal documents; medical interventions such as hormone therapy; or surgical intervention, often called gender confirmation surgery.
Homophobia panders to prejudice and misconceptions. Among them: the notion that homosexuality is somehow “unnatural” … — Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights .
While most of the human population is straight and cisgender, being gay, bisexual, or transgender is not unnatural. Being gay happens often in nature, and same-sex intercourse has been observed in at least 1,500 distinct species worldwide (source embedded)
Pronouns are how we refer to people, usually in the third person. The binary pronouns (she/her, he/him) tend to be the default for referring to people. As the LGBTQ community grows, our culture is learning more about how to understand identities outside of a gender binary. Meaning, these binary pronouns don’t always fit with how someone identifies.