How many confused kids are ready to tell their parents: And while some great work has been done with the It Gets Better campaign where gay adults make videos for struggling gay kids, telling them to hang in thereand one can imagine a kid like Kurt taking great comfort from hearing that message, it seems unlikely that the Karofskys of the world would have a clear enough sense of self to seek it out. Others wonder whether the news is really true and whether their teen is sure. Once aware, some gay teens may be quite comfortable and accept their sexuality, while others might find it confusing or difficult to accept. I was lucky in that I was popular and confident and, as a "drama geek", mainly attached to the one department where theatricality and flamboyance were an asset, not a problem. It may cause stress and anxiety. For more information, go to anti-bullyingalliance.
I certainly didn't fit into those stereotypes, so the other kids probably assumed I was straight.
Why is school such a hard place to be gay?
Efforts to change gay people to straight sometimes called "conversion therapy" have been proven to be ineffective and can be harmful. Shows such as EastEnders, Emmerdale and Coronation Street do an amazing job of helping people see beyond stereotypes, all of which helps in the general fight against homophobia. Those who didn't realize they were gay at first often say that they always felt different from their peers, but didn't exactly know why. Not that I'm trying to suggest his violent nature is typical, far from it, but his confusion and distress surely is. They are also more likely to self-harm and suffer from depression or substance abuse. Thinking sexually about both the same sex and the opposite sex is quite common as teens sort through their emerging sexual feelings.
They may not even be gay. But many lesbian, gay, and bisexual teens who come out to their friends and families are fully accepted by them and their communities. This information provides a general overview and may not apply to everyone. For them, it can feel like everyone is expected to be straight. Being gay is also not considered a mental disorder or abnormality. Like their straight peers, gay teens may stress about school, grades, college, sports, activities, friends, and fitting in. It's political, but in a non-confrontational way.