Try not to make assumptions and let them come and tell you in their own time. One thing you can do is give them the information they need to make good decisions. You can contact Stonewall's Information Service for pointers. One of the hardest things for LGBT people to face is rejection from their friends and family.
Helping a Gay Child to Come Out - The New York Times
Parent Suspects That Child Might Be Gay
For most kids, the social pressures of middle school are tough enough. But an increasing number of young teenagers, some as young 10 or 11, are coming out as gay or lesbian in middle school. Benoit Denizet-Lewis, who wrote about the trend in the New York Times Magazine, discusses what social factors could be leading young people to come out earlier. Today in our parenting conversation, what does it mean to come out at 13 or even younger? Are people who come out as gay in their teens destined to face rejection, bullying and identity crisis? Or has the world changed enough so that figuring out sexual identity is just another challenge of adolescence? In a few minutes, we'll hear from two parents and a teen who are living this story now.
Gay Youth Coming Out In Middle School
Back to Sexual health. It's normal to feel attracted to both girls and boys when you're growing up. Find out about coming out, safer sex, and how to deal with bullying if it happens to you.
Gay, lesbian, bisexual and questioning youth are more likely to experience depressive symptoms from as young as age 10 and these symptoms persist at least into their early 20s, finds a new UCL-led study. LGBQ young people were found to be four times more likely to self-harm with suicidal intent than heterosexuals. The participants responded to questions about depressive symptoms seven times from age 10 to 21, and at 16 and 21 were asked if they had attempted to hurt themselves in the past year.