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32. Rainbow youth: when your teen is gay

During adolescence many boys and girls have same-sex crushes and experiences, but are not lesbian or gay.

Other adolescents, though, may come to understand that they have felt ‘different’ all their lives, but come to an awareness of their gay or bisexual orientation during their teens.

You may find it difficult to come to terms with the fact your child is a sexual being, let alone gay, and possibly different from you if you are straight. You may experience feelings of loss as the child you thought you had is replaced by the child you actually have. The first and most important lesson for you to learn is this: your gay teenager is the same person he always was. He is the same child you cuddled, nursed, ...

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