How parents engage with their LGB teen can have a tremendous impact on their adolescent’s current and future mental and physical health.
On the other hand, unsupportive parents who react negatively to learning that their daughter or son is LGB can make it harder for their teen to thrive.
Parents who talk with and listen to their teen in a way that invites an open discussion about sexual orientation can help their teen feel loved and supported.
Parents should have honest conversations with their teens about sex and how to avoid risky behaviors and unsafe situations. Parents who take time to come to terms with how they feel about their teen’s sexual orientation will be more able to respond calmly and use respectful language.
More Resources for Parents to Help Them Better Understand and Respond to the Needs of LGBTQ Adolescents More research is needed to better understand the associations between parenting and the health of LGB youth.
Let me level with you: I’m a guy who dates guys, and I was also once a teenage boy who dated other teenage boys.
chips away the last barriers of decency.” Based on André Aciman’s 2007 novel, Luca Guadagnino’s intimate romance follows a teenager in Italy (Timothée Chalamet, 21) who strikes up a relationship with his father’s 24-year-old academic assistant (Hammer, 31).
On Saturday, Woods retweeted a tweet that criticized the age gap between the two characters, to which Hammer responded: “Didn’t you date a 19-year-old when you were 60…….?
Historically, YRBS and other studies have gathered data on lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth but have not included questions about transgender and questioning/queer youth.
As that changes and data becomes available, this content will be updated to include information regarding transgender and questioning/queer youth.