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    • 5 Ways LGBT Teens Can Stop Caring About What Other People Think Created: Thursday, August 21, 2014 Updated: Thursday, August 21, 2014
      Do you worry about what people think of you? Are you always wondering if everyone thinks your outfit is pathetic? Do you fear that the popular kids are mocking you for speaking up in class or that your teachers just plain don't like you for being gay? But how do you get to a place where the options of others aren't more important to you than are your own? Here are some ideas!
    • Transgender Lives: Complex Stories, Complex Voices - Review Created: Monday, August 18, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
      Kirstin Cronn-Mills's book, "Transgender Lives: Complex Stories, Complex Voices," introduces readers to seven transgender individuals with a range of gender identities. These stories work to humanize the transgender experience and will appeal to readers. But what the book does best is introduce concepts around being transgender, and explain the difference between gender identity, physical sex and sexual orientation.
    • Transgender Life Created: Monday, July 30, 2007 Updated: Monday, August 18, 2014
      Information on being transgender.
    • Adrian and the Tree of Secrets: Review Created: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      "Adrian and the Tree of Secrets" is a graphic novel out of France that offers a glimpse into the lonely life of Adrian, a boy who retreats into books to escape the stifling world around him. Adrian lives with his strict and hostile mother and attends a severe Catholic school. Nerdy and withdrawn Adrian finds himself daydreaming about Jeremy, one of the cool boys at school. But after an encounter with Jeremy becomes known around school, Jeremy can no longer blend into the background. Though "Adrian and the Tree of Secrets" is not telling a new tale, its familiarity is a reminder that despite pride parades, and Gay / Straight alliances, there are still plenty of Adrian's out there, and plenty of Jeremy's. Until LGBT youth can expect support from their peers parents and religions, stories like Adrian's will resonate for an awful lot of teens.
    • 5 Celebs Who Schooled Their Interviewers on LGBT Life Created: Tuesday, August 05, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014
      Everyone knows that being in the public eye means having to deal with a lot of personal and invasive questions. But no one has to field more intrusive inquires that LGBT celebs. Here is how Lavern...
    • The Before Now and After Then: Review Created: Thursday, July 31, 2014 Updated: Friday, August 01, 2014
      In The Before Now and After Then, Peter Monn introduces us to Danny Goldstein, a gay teen who has just started a new school after a recent family tragedy. The book is an engrossing read, which does a great job of telling the story of a contemporary gay teen who's identity is a key part of who he is, but not the central struggle of his life.
    • Do You Care if Bands Are Homophobic or Sexist? Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014
      Some music is sexist and homophobic, but it is possible to find socially conscious music that you'll get into and which won't make you cringe when you hear it!
    • 10 Ways to Make LGBT+ Friends Created: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
      Let's be honest, a gaggle or LGBT friends aren't going to simply appear on your doorstep with a bag of chips just dying to catch the next Teen Wolf episode. So how do you make queer friends? The t...
    • 5 Ways LGBT Teen Couples Can Keep the Love Alive Created: Sunday, July 27, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      LGBT teens often have a lot of outside challenges to deal with when trying to make a relationship work. Between parents and friends who don't support them, a world that may still tell them there is something wrong about loving whom they love, and possibly even having to hide the relationship altogether, dating can be tough stuff. So the last thing you need is to have serious problems in the relationship itself. Here's are 5 easy ways to make sure the relationship doesn't fizzle out before its time.
    • How to Talk to Your Parents Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      More and more teens are talking to parents about important issues in their lives including their sexual orientations and gender identities. Here are some tips for getting to that place!
    • All About Title IX Created: Monday, July 07, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      Tile IX is a law that passed in 1972. It requires gender equality for boys and girls in any educational program that receives money from the federal government. In 2014, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, determined that the law also bars discrimination on the basis of gender identity, which many have seen as a way to offer greater protections to transgender students.
    • Are You Ready for Your First Lesbian Sex Experience? Created: Sunday, January 23, 2011 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Teen lesbians who are thinking about their first sexual experience with a female partner often have a lot of concerns.
    • I Don't Know What My Sexual Orientation is Created: Sunday, May 15, 2011 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      After friends put pressure on her, a teen who finds herself attracted to people of various genders, becomes concerned that she doesn't know what her sexual orientation is.
    • How Old Do You Need to Be to Buy Condoms? Created: Thursday, October 11, 2012 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
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    • Can You Get AIDS from Kissing? Created: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Teens often want to know if AIDS can be passed through kissing. In general, the answer is no.
    • Gay Teens Talk Christianity Created: Sunday, November 30, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
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    • Can I Turn My Crush Gay? Created: Monday, September 12, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Professionals agree that you can't change someone's sexual orientation. But that doesn't mean that some gay teens don't hope to turn a straight crush gay.
    • What if My Parents Think I'm Too Young to Know I'm Bisexual? Created: Monday, October 10, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      A 12-year-old is concerned that due to her age her parents will assume that she is too young to know that she is bisexual, or that she is just going through a phase.
    • Can I Get an STD from a Hand Job? Created: Thursday, May 21, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Hand jobs are also know as mutual masturbation. They refer to sexually stimulating someone's penis or vulva by hand. This is generally considered a safer sex practice, but as with anything that ca...
    • What LGBT Teens Should Know About Feminism Created: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      For a lot of teens, feminism is practically another "f-word," something that they don't want to be associated with. But feminism is an important ideology and one that more teens, both GLBT and hetero, might embrace if they had a clearer understanding of what it is and what it isn't.
    • In Many Ways, It's Never Been Easier to Be an LGBT Teen Than Today Created: Thursday, June 26, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Despite very serious issues like LGBT teen homelessness, anti-gay bullying, substance use and continued HIV risk, I would argue that for a whole host of reasons, it is easier to be a queer teen today than it was at any other time.
    • Tegan and Sara: Twin Sister Singer Songwriters Created: Tuesday, December 11, 2007 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Information on the singer songwriters Tegan and Sara.
    • Does Anal Sex Hurt? Created: Monday, February 18, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Despite what many people think, anal sex does not have to hurt!
    • Is This a Healthy Relationship? Created: Sunday, October 07, 2007 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Signs of unhealthy gay teen relationships. Information and resources for GLBT young people." itemprop="description"> Monday, March 23, 2009 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Safe sex is a little more than just using a condom or abstaining. Here are few more things gay teens need to know about safe sex.
    • Should I Fight for My Long-Distance Relationship? Created: Sunday, January 15, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Relationships can be tough, especially when you don't live in the same place. A gay teen wonders if he should fight for a long-distance relationship.
    • Gay Teens and Older Partners Created: Wednesday, July 18, 2007 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      A lot of GLBT teens have older boyfriends or girlfriends. But there are a few important things about gay teen dating that you need to know when you have an older partner." !--#if expr="$zTP='t3'" -...
    • I'm a Lesbian & My Girlfriend Has No Sex Drive Created: Sunday, February 22, 2009 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      A teen wonders what to do about a partner who has no interest in sex.
    • Is Porn Sex Realistic? Created: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      A gay teen wonders if porn sex is realistic. Typically, the answer is, no.
    • How to Get Sex Education in Your School Created: Thursday, June 26, 2014 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
      Teens across the United States whose schools either don't teach sex education or which provide abstinence-only education are being denied important information about their sexuality. If you are in such a situation and want to effect serious change, check out these ideas for what you can do.
    • What Lesbian Teens Need to Know Created: Friday, November 28, 2008 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
      Wondering about your health, sex life, how to meet people or gay culture? This is the place for lesbian teens to find information!
    • Transsexual Created: Friday, March 27, 2009 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
      A transsexual is a person who identifies as a member of the opposite gender. People who are transsexual often want to surgically or hormonally alter their bodies to match their identity.

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