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How to Support Your LGBT Teen

By: Aurelia Category: Family, Parenting A Teen

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The sexual orientation of a teenager is important as they are just discovering themselves. Parents should support their LGBT teens. This is aided by the participation of both parents and teens in LGBT counseling programs as well as support groups.

Parents and guardians are usually surprised when they learn that their teenage sons and daughters may be attracted to members of the same sex. Many teenagers at the ages of 13 or 14 are usually trying to identify their sexual orientation. However, at this point they may adapt to the nontraditional LGBT sexual orientation.

It is often difficult for a gay person to interact with others in the society. This leads to many teens skillfully hiding their sexual orientation from other people including their parents thereby leading to an emotional toll due the strain of hiding a major aspect of their identity. LBGT counseling is important to ensure that a teenager is able to deal with the different perceptions and treatment that they will receive from those in their society. This is aided by the parents unequivocal support to the feelings of a teenager. Sometimes parents are uneasy and concerned about the future outlook when they find out that their teenager’s sexual dispensations are unusual. It is important for parents to understand that their child’s feelings may not be changed.

Pittsburgh therapists have been providing LGBT counseling to many teenagers thereby enabling them to achieve their ambitions even in terms of raising families in the future. This is aided by the continued acceptance of the non-conventional sexual orientation in the modern society.

Pittsburgh therapists understand that gay teens are often struggling from isolation and feelings of depression as they are usually the minority in a community and their partners are most of the times fearful of revealing their feelings of sexual and emotional attraction to them. Parents should also participate in the LGBT counseling so as to emotionally support their teenagers while at the same time bring them closer as they show that they understand the path their children have chosen. The acceptance of a parent with regards to the sexual and emotional preferences invigorates the self esteem of their teenagers thereby enabling them to interact with their peers with ease both socially and functionally.

LGBT counseling enlightens a teenager on how to avoid diseases that may be contracted as a result of their association with other partners with a similar orientation. There are often reports in the media indicating that gay teens are more prone to suicide and depression. This is also complicated at times by the intolerant members of the society or intolerant messages that may be posted at institutions like schools and other public places that LGBT teens often visit. This leads the LGBT teens to feel that they are regarded as unnatural and misfits in society.

Pittsburgh therapists ensure that all the facets of the daily life of a teenager with a nontraditional orientation are considered to ensure that they lead a normal life. This includes the enhancement of their self esteem so that they are able to feel that their choice of sex partners is normal whether or not other in their society are particularly supportive of them.

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Ryan FitzGerald is the Co-Founder of TherapyTribe.com

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