Adolescence is a time when youth explore their relationships with peers, both as friends and potential romantic or sexual partners. Despite the excitement, flirting, dating and sexual experimentation can cause stress for young people. It can be more challenging when a young person is attracted to people of the same sex. Youth have a sexual orientation even if they are not yet sexually active.
Your teen’s sexual orientation: What parents should know
Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Teens: Facts for Teens and Their Parents - ofertasacer.com
Growing up is a demanding and challenging task for every adolescent. One important aspect of maturing is forming one's sexual identity. All children explore and experiment sexually as part of normal development. This sexual behavior may be with members of the same or opposite sex. For others, even thoughts or fantasies may cause anxiety. These feelings and behavior do not necessarily mean an individual is homosexual or bisexual. Homosexuality is the persistent sexual and emotional attraction to someone of the same sex.
Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Teens: Facts for Teens and Their Parents
NCBI Bookshelf. To understand the context of a person's life course, it is critical to understand the age cohort to which that individual belongs. Youth growing up today will see changes that earlier generations of lesbians and gay men would never have expected in their lifetimes, including politicians, business leaders, and educators who are openly gay; marriage between same-sex couples; and an evolving popular and artistic culture that provides many positive portrayals of lesbian and gay characters in movies and plays, on television, and in literature. Today's youth are able to use the Internet to retrieve online information about LGBT issues, providing social networking opportunities and access to knowledge in a way that was not available to older cohorts.
If you've ever wondered if you're gay, lesbian, or bisexual, you're not alone. Many teens ask themselves this question. It is a normal part of life.