^ Back to Top
954-260-0805

Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Teens

GayTeenIf your teen is struggling with their sexual orientation this can be a difficult time for them.

Let’s start with the definitions:

  • Sexual orientation: Whether a person is attracted to a person of the same sex or a different sex. For example,
  • Straight (or heterosexual): People who have sexual or romantic feelings for people of the opposite gender. Men are attracted to women and women are attracted to men.
  • Gay (or homosexual): People who have sexual or romantic feelings for people of the same sex. Men are attracted to men and women are attracted to women.
  • Bisexual (or bi): People who have sexual or romantic feelings for both men and women.
  • Lesbian: Gay woman.

It is important to understand Homosexuality is not a mental disorder. All of the major medical organizations, including The American Psychiatric Association, The American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics agree that homosexuality is not an illness or disorder, but a form of sexual expression.

No one knows what causes a person to be gay, bisexual, or straight. There probably are a number of factors. Some may be biological. Others may be psychological. The reasons can vary from one person to another. The fact is, you do not choose to be gay, bisexual, or straight.

This is a time your child needs your support and understanding, but first you must take the time to educate yourself and understand it yourself. Stop looking to blame someone, including yourself, your spouse, a relative or a friend. This is about supporting and loving your child.

There are resources for parents to learn about LGBTQ.  According to The National Prevention Dropout Center/Network, a study in April 2015 reported 80 percent of gay and lesbian youth live in severe isolation.  Be there for your teen.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth are more likely than their heterosexual peers to experience difficulties in their lives and school environments, such as violence, bullying and cyberbullying.

LGBTQ youth are also at increased risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors, suicide attempts, and suicide.   LGB youth are 4 times more likely, and questioning youth are 3 times more likely, to attempt suicide as their straight peers.

Local therapy is always available if you need a counselor to help your family through this. If you feel your teen is struggling and not able to overcome negative feelings and behavior, contact us for more information.

Sources:  HealthyChildren.org, CDC.gov, Trevor Project

As Featured On

DrPhil_Season_7_title_card1-250x139oprah-logo-250x1091PLATFORMforgoodParentingTodaysKidssunsentinelGaltimeFoxNews1Forbes-Magazine-Logo-Fonthuffington-post-logo
family online safetyTodayMomsusatodaywashpostabcnewsCNN-living1anderson-cooper-360-logo-250x107cbs_eve_logobostonglobe-250x250nbc6newsweek

..and many more.

  • Facebook

    Unable to display Facebook posts.
    Show error

    Error: (#4) Application request limit reached
    Type: OAuthException
    Code: 4
    Please refer to our Error Message Reference.
  • Follow @SueScheff

  • RSS Sue Scheff Blog

    • Teens and Social Media Behavior May 20, 2019
      Colleges and businesses are watching you – digitally speaking. Many teens are tired of hearing parents and teachers reminding them to pause before you post or think before you send a text. They may be tired of hearing it, but that doesn’t mean we are going to stop preaching it, since it is imperative that not only youth […]
    • Teens Building Online Reputation April 27, 2019
      Summertime is a time to develop a digital landscape. Digital citizenship is a phrase we hear a lot, especially as it pertains to young people. Today your online reputation can and will dictate your future, so it’s important to start early in creating a digital platform. Some 75 percent of colleges will preview a student’s online behavior […]
    • Social Media: Publicly Private April 16, 2019
      Social media wasn’t created for privacy. Why are people always shocked when they find out their private information has been exposed online? We read about teachers, school coaches, firefighters, police officers, youth pastors and other (so-called) responsible adults being caught sexting minors — we have to wonder, did they really believe they wouldn’t get caught? […]

To get help, CLICK HERE or call us at 954-260-0805
P.U.R.E. does not provide legal advice and does not have an attorney on staff.
^ Back to Top
Copyright © 2001-2019 Help Your Teens. Optimized Web Design by SEO Web Mechanics Site Map