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?
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Actor Kevin Spacey said that he has "loved and had romantic encounters with men" and that he chooses "now to live as a gay man," after being accused of a sexual advance on a year-old. I'm beyond horrified to hear this story," Spacey said. But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior. Spacey went on to say that the situation "encouraged me to address other things about my life. I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man.
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What do you do? Those risk factors can include depression, suicide, substance abuse and risky sexual behaviors, Nealy says, citing findings from the Family Acceptance Project , an initiative to prevent health risks for LGBT people through the context of their families. Project director Caitlin Ryan cautions parents against expressing shame that their child came out or preventing them from finding an LGBT support group. Wendy Montgomery of Chandler, Ariz. His behavior changed, from that of a happy child to someone who was depressed.
The interviews and writings certainly hit home for many of our readers and we were overwhelmed with the responses to our request for your stories. Unfortunately, we have not been able to reproduce every submission, but have picked a selection to represent the various experiences people told us about. Here, we look at the experiences of gay teenagers who are discovering their sexuality, often amid misunderstanding and animosity. I live in a sort of rural area, where homophobia is accepted as normal.