It may be quick and easy for some, or longer and more difficult for others. It is important for parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning LGBTQ teens to remember each child is unique and will have their own experiences and feelings along the way. Feelings of being "different" emerge throughout childhood, although it may not be clear to the child what the feelings means. Children may begin exploring gender and relationships before kindergarten, so "coming out" and sharing these feelings of being different with others may happen at any time. For many kids, gender identity becomes clear around puberty as they develop gender characteristics and stronger romantic attractions.
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Dr Mathijs Lucassen explains. Prior research in the field has focused on samples predominantly drawn from LGB community events and online sources — so-called convenience-based sampling. But studies using LGB events and related websites to obtain participants are more likely to be skewed towards certain demographic groups, such as males. Because there is scant data available on transgender and intersex young people, we had to exclude these groups from our study. When we compared the results of female sexual minority youth to male sexual minority youth, the results showed that the females were more likely to report being depressed. This difference was statistically significant, meaning the difference is larger than can reasonably be explained as a chance occurrence. This finding would suggest that much more needs to be done to address the mental health needs of young lesbian and bisexual females. When LGB young people were compared to young people who are still questioning their own sexuality, the differences between the two groups were not significant. This suggests that those questioning their sexuality were still at risk of depression, but no more so than LGB young people. More than 20 countries have delivered marriage equality legislation.
Jump to content. Teens want an answer to the eternal question, "Who am I? The teen years can be a confusing time. Hormones, cultural and peer pressures, and fear of being different can cause many teens to question themselves in many areas, including their sexual orientation and gender identity.
Inside:Is my teen daughter a lesbian? Where once it was awkward, if not dangerous, to be anything other than straight, we now talk openly about a spectrum of orientations and genders. Or maybe not. Some girls who experiment with same-sex partners end up happily straight. Others come to identify as bisexual. She may not even know herself. Queer was a thing for millennia before Americans started talking about it. Sexual orientation is even less black-and-white than gender identity.