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?
What is sexual orientation?
Terry Gross. They spanned a broad range of races, religions, classes and sexual orientations. Author Peggy Orenstein knows that talking to your son about sex isn't easy: "I know for a lot of parents, you would rather poke yourself in the eye with a fork than speak directly to your son about sex — and probably he would rather poke himself in the eye with a fork as well," she says.
How will I know if my teen is gay?
Adolescence is a time when youth explore their relationships with peers, both as friends and potential romantic or sexual partners. Despite the excitement, flirting, dating and sexual experimentation can cause stress for young people. It can be more challenging when a young person is attracted to people of the same sex. Youth have a sexual orientation even if they are not yet sexually active. Although there are many possibilities between being totally heterosexual and totally homosexual, people are usually grouped in 1 of 3 ways:.
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