Some people approach this particular square on the calendar with pride and courage, others with trepidation. Some research suggests that sexual orientation can show itself even at 3 years old. In our family, by the time our youngest son came out at 13, my wife and I had long progressed from inkling to conviction. Whether the parents might embrace or reject a gay child, families naturally tend to avoid difficult subjects — and so a stalemate ensues, with many parents worrying that the act of concealment could be taking a psychic toll on their child. But the process of announcing your sexual orientation to the world can still can be a minefield, said Ilan H. Along with the fear of being rejected or attacked, he has said, such stresses include strain of concealing sexual orientation and inner fears of a second-class existence.
Helping a Child to Come Out
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CNN -- Zac Brokenrope got called into the school office almost every day as a freshman in high school. His offense, he was told, was "acting gay. He says his parents felt embarrassed by him, and wouldn't permit him to start a gay-straight alliance group at the school. Brokenrope felt so alone, he contemplated suicide. Brokenrope's experiences growing up in Nebraska resonate with two studies published Monday that present unprecedented insight into the challenges that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth face. Family acceptance of LGBT youth predicts positive outcomes in mental health, self esteem, and overall health status, finds a study in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. And nonheterosexual young people are more likely to receive punishments in a school or criminal justice setting, says a study in Pediatrics.
For LGBT teens, acceptance is critical
Most parents want to know why this happened. Why did their teen sexually harm someone else? There is almost never a single reason why a teen engages in illegal sexual behavior.
USC School of Social Work professor Dorian Traube has built upon current studies showing that young men who have sex with men are more likely to participate in dangerous behavior such as drug use and unprotected sex. In a new study published in the Psychology of Addictive Behavior , Traube looks at the building blocks of why young gay men are more prone to drug and alcohol use. They may be stigmatized. Their family may reject them. They may be bullied at school.