Your teen has been in school for almost a month now. As a parent, you worry about him being treated as an outsider. Is he being bullied? Does he only hang out with only girls? Are his only friends, like him, forced into a segregated minority of gays and lesbians?
What is a parent to do? How do you make sure that your gay or lesbian child mainstreams socially with the straight kids in their middle or high schools? If he/she joins a Gay-Straight Alliance, will she make lasting friends with the straights? How can you ensure that your child at lunch will sit with the straight kids and not be relegated to a table deemed “losers”? You can’t hover like a helicopter parent over their daily lives.
What has worked for you? If you have a suggestion or comment how gay and lesbian teens can successfully navigate the heterosexual groups in their schools, please post here.
When Your Child is Gay

When Your Child Is Gay: What You Need To Know

For more detailed advice, see book, co-authored with a mother of a gay son and a psychiatrist, Jonathan L. Tobkes, M.D.

Wesley Cullen Davidson

Wesley Cullen Davidson is an award-winning freelance writer and journalist specializing in parenting as well as gay and lesbian content. For the past two years, Wesley has concentrated almost exclusively on the lesbian and gay community, specifically on advising straight parents of gay children on how to be better parents and raise happy, well-adjusted adults

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