Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teens have extremely varied personal experiences. Here a few real teens share their gay stories of everything from coming out to substance use, relationships and life at school.
Colby is a 15-year-old gay teen. Recently he decided to come out
to friends and family. But the process was not without difficulty. As he says, "It's like a war going on inside you—there's the side that knows who you truly are, and then there's the side that wants to deny it. It's constantly on your mind, you can't get rid of it, and if you are lucky enough to forget about it for a while, it always comes back to you, washing over you like an Antarctic wave, chilling you and sending you into an unexplainable depression." Here's how Colby dealt with this internal battle...
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Jakalope, a 16-year-old gay teen, has dealt with a problem familiar to a lot of gay teens: substance use. He feels that a contributing factor was being the victim of homophobia. "There was a while, when I was feeling really lonely. I live in a rural community, and gays are more or less at the bottom of the food chain," he explains. As a result he started smoking pot. Find out more about Jakalope's struggles and how he's dealing with his situation now...
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Teacher crushes, unenjoyable hook-ups with the opposite sex, feelings for a trans friend and, yes, constantly imagining what the first time will be like, are all part of the GLBT teen experience with sex. As Zach says, "I worry that I'm passing up any remotely potential options because they don't fit my fairy tale idea." See what other gay teens say about their experiences with sex.
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From wondering if God put her on earth to test if it is possible to be lesbian and Christian
, to coming out as trans in a conservative Church
and finding acceptance from a Unitarian Universalist congregation, there is a huge range of experiences that GLBT teens have with Christianity. For example a teen lesbian going by Mhhhhmz wonders, "I am a Christian
even though I am gay, but I don’t understand why, just because I’m gay, I have to choose my faith or love." Read more about the agony and the ecstasy of being a gay Christian teen...
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