Teen sexual orientation and gender identity are hot topics for today’s adolescents. Puberty is a time of dramatic physical and hormonal changes, and it’s natural for teenagers to wonder about their feelings about sex and identity.
Parents need to keep an open mind regarding teen sexual orientation and gender identity during this time. During puberty, teens often start having sexual thoughts and attractions. For many, these feelings can feel confusing, particularly if these intense emotions are about someone of the same sex.
It often takes time for a young person to understand their feelings regarding sexual attraction and who they are becoming.
Most medical experts believe that, in general, sexual orientation and gender identity is not something that a person voluntarily chooses. Instead, it is just a natural part of who a person is.
Parents can help by being a safe space to discuss sex and relationships. If you are both uncomfortable, it can be helpful to talk to a therapist, school counselor or a youth group leader to help your teen work through these complex issues.