Children tell their parents in order to remove hidden barriers and to be accepted for who they are.
You may wish your child never told you. Try to put yourself in your child’s shoes. Imagine how you would feel if you were unable to talk about who you are, who you are attracted to, how you feel about a certain person, or even where or with whom you socialise. To live a lie and ignore your sexuality/gender identity, such an integral part of you, is emotionally damaging and isolating.
Try to give yourself time to come to terms with this news. It has taken your child some time to come to terms with this, so naturally it will take you time to come to terms with it too.
“We just needed time to get used to the idea. What a fool I would have been to lose that precious son of mine.”