The mother of an Alabama teenager who died by suicide late last week wants his legacy to include more than just the circumstances surrounding his death. Nigel Shelby, 15, was sweet, respectable, well mannered and had a heart of gold, his mother said about her only child. Shelby said she always embraced her son, including when he came out to her two years ago.
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It provides fresh thinking, expertise and practical resources. It champions the rights of people living with HIV and campaigns for change. HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with other men aged to have doubled in recent years.
The Australian Women's Weekly. New Zealand Woman's Weekly. Sarah Martin is an year-old school prefect from Auckland who believes parenting experts don't always get it right with their advice on raising teenagers.
This story is part of a collection of stories from young people on ReachOut. Ever since I was young I have done life the hard way. This was the same for "coming out".
Dear Sugars. I identify as a closeted gay woman. My family members are homophobic.
You might be confused, overwhelmed and challenged. As the author of young adult LGBT books, I often come across parents who are looking for a little guidance and direction. But as a former gay teenager, I have some suggestions.
Teenage homosexuality is an important issue given that how a person develops and behaves early in life can have profound effects in later life. For example, it is important the teenagers are knowledgeable about the causes of homosexuality. Also, given the existence of ex-homosexualsif a teen has already engaged in homosexuality or is a homosexual, there is certainly hope concerning overcoming homosexuality since the best evidence indicates that engaging in homosexuality is ultimately a matter of choice and so is leaving the homosexual lifestyle. In addition, teenagers and parents should be aware of the negative health effects of homosexual activity.
Secretly, many parents hope not. A few weeks before writing this, I bumped into an acquaintance, a middle-aged woman with two teenage sons. I told her I was working on an article about parents of teens who might be gay.
Gay, straight, bisexual: how much does sexual orientation matter to a teenager's mental health or sense of identity? In this down-to-earth book, filled with the voices of young people speaking for themselves, Ritch Savin-Williams argues that the standard image of gay youth presented by mental health researchers--as depressed, isolated, drug-dependent, even suicidal--may have been exaggerated even twenty years ago, and is far from accurate today. The New Gay Teenager gives us a refreshing and frequently controversial introduction to confident, competent, upbeat teenagers with same-sex desires, who worry more about the chemistry test or their curfew than they do about their sexuality. What does "gay" mean, when some adolescents who have had sexual encounters with those of their own sex don't consider themselves gay, when some who consider themselves gay have had sex with the opposite sex, and when many have never had sex at all?