It is usually the case that by the time young gay people speak to their parents about their sexuality, they have thought long and hard about it. Thinking sexually about both the same sex and the opposite sex is quite common as teens sort through their emerging sexual feelings. They may feel like they have to pretend to feel things that they don't in order to fit in. But many parents find that they just need time to adjust to the news. It can be very difficult for someone to open up and talk honestly about their sexuality, whatever their age. I just worry about the things every parent worries about.
But many lesbian, gay, and bisexual teens who come out to their friends and families are fully accepted by them and their communities.
The term sexual orientation refers to the gender that is, male or female to which a person is attracted. It's really important that you are as supportive as you possibly can be, irrespective of what you hear or how you feel about discussing their sexuality. But these experiences, by themselves, do not necessarily mean that a teen is gay or straight. Invite him to share whatever is on his mind and let him know you are there for him. I think my teen might be gay and I don't know how to support them. They might feel they need to deny who they are or hide an important part of themselves. No one fully understands exactly what determines a person's sexual orientation, but it is likely explained by a variety of biological and genetic factors.
They never had intimate conversations, but I think being around them was very comforting to him. In our case, this ended up being a good choice, but each family is different. Many gay teens worry about whether they will be accepted or rejected by their loved ones, or whether people will feel upset, angry, or disappointed in them. Contributor This article was contributed by Brook Brook provides free and confidential sexual health services and advice for young people under Whatever you do to support your sonthe fact that you are concerned enough to ask this question tells me that you are a caring parent.