Encourage him or her to talk about these feelings, which may be bewildering or tentative at first.
Let your child know that it’s normal if they feel unsure or confused, and that they have as much time as they need to figure things out.
So when a child or teen comes to us and reveals that he or she is or may be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, it can be disorienting, surprising, or upsetting.
Parents may worry that their child’s future will be difficult, or not turn out as they had envisioned.
Just because a boy has some feminine qualities or a girl acts a little masculine does not mean that he or she is gay. 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. The following are some people you may want to talk with: If you are nervous about "coming out of the closet" or revealing your sexual orientation to others, that's OK.
No one knows what causes a person to be gay, bisexual, or straight. Not everyone accepts homosexuality so sharing this information may be difficult for you.
There are gay people of every race, age, family background, and body type. The fact is, you do not choose to be gay, bisexual, or straight.
You can't tell just by looking at someone that he or she is gay. If you're confused or worried, it's important that you talk about your feelings. It might not be easy but in the end it's better if you do.
Some people wrestle with this for years before finally deciding to do it.
Others keep their sexual orientation a secret for their entire lives.
At the same time, no one wants to date a control freak who doesn't seem to care about anyone else's ideas. One solution is to think of a few things that you and your date might be into and offer a some options! In general it's best to avoid going over the top on a first date.