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Dr. Meg Meeker gives advice to parents whose children claim to be gay

March 04, 2013 By: Tom Coy Category: Clinical Science, Relationship Advice

February 5, 2013

Excerpt from Dr. Meeker’s article “Your Teen Daughter Says She’s Gay. What Now? on her blog “Teens have never been as confused about their sexuality as they are today. My concern for all kids is that cultural pressure forces them to figure out a beautifully complex process prematurely. So if your teen announces that he or she is gay, bisexual, or transsexual, listen. Then gently tell them that their sexuality is wonderfully complicated, and that regardless of what they think about their sexuality now, they really can’t be sure because at fourteen or fifteen, they aren’t fully developed. Encourage him or her to take time to figure things out. I fear that many kids stand their ground on being gay or bisexual because it’s cool (on college campuses it’s considered sophisticated if you are open to experimentation), and they are pressured by our culture to announce a decision far too soon. So encourage your son or daughter to take a deep breath and slow down.”