Re: Daughter 17 says she is Gay
I would take her at her word
It can be damaging to self esteem for a parent to disregard feelings as 'phases'.
At some point, she may realize that she is bisexual, and that will be okay too.
Sexuality is very complex, and humans are rarely 100% gay, straight or even bisexual. Often people will lean more toward a certain sex, but still have form of sexual or emotional attraction to the other.
The Kinsey Scale is a great example of how fluid sexuality really is.
My older sister came out to me as bisexual when she was 16, and then just two years later discovered that she is actually a lesbian. She is now happily married to a wonderful woman who loves her unconditionally.
"I was born sick, but I love it. Command me to be well."
Take me to Church, by Hozier