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Gay and Lesbian Adolescents
Transcript of Gay and Lesbian Adolescents
Resolving Root Issues
Peers and School
Four stages of coming out
Takes longer for:
Less likely to come out to parents
Parental acceptance is important
1 out of 3 gay teens attempt suicide
4 times more likely to attempt suicide
Rates of substance abuse are higher among LG adolescents
6 times more likely to abuse drugs if they were rejected by their parents.
Show Support and Understanding
Keep Communication going
Talk to your adolescent about safe sex
Focus on problem solving and coping skills
Be aware of your own bias and how you conduct yourself around your LGBT adolescent
Access to Community-Based Providers
Friends and Peers
Eliminate the "Gay" word
Substitute words like "weird", "dumb", "ridiculous", ETC.
Show acceptance and support
Decreases likelihood of risk behaviors
TV shows often reinforce heterosexual norms and stereotypes about homosexual traits such as gay men being feminine, flamboyant, and promiscuous
(Battles and Morrow-Hilton)
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