For youth to thrive in schools and communities, they need to feel socially, emotionally, and physically safe and supported.A positive school climate has been associated with decreased depression, suicidal feelings, substance use, and unexcused school absences among LGB students.part of their life, even the parts you weren't entirely prepared for. And the first thing you can do toward this end is educate yourself about alternative sexualities and gender identities.And if you were unable to do this when your teen came out to you, it’s okay. After that, acknowledge the courage it took for your child to come out to you.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.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.
Having a school that creates a safe and supportive learning environment for all students and having caring and accepting parents are especially important.More than 40 percent of LGB students reported having seriously considered suicide and 29 percent said they attempted suicide in the past 12 months.According to the CDC, there are about 1.3 million lesbian, gay and bisexual teens in the United States."When we look at the numbers, our estimates are that about 230,000 LGB students had been raped at some point in their lifetime...Debra Houry, director of CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.If you've ever wondered if you're gay, lesbian, or bisexual, you're not alone. But sexual behavior is not always the same as sexual orientation. If over time your attraction to members of the same sex continues to grow, it's not a bad thing, it's just who you are.