Russell also stresses the importance of being familiar with gay sex and intimacy before engaging your teen in discussions about sexuality, and says to be prepared for questions about what constitutes sex and where limits lie.“Straight teens bumble around with virginity as the line or limit, but they are often unsure about what it is that goes on between holding hands and breaking hymens,” Russell says.They will discover more about how to function in romantic relationships and what they want in a partner.The feelings, desires, and heartbreak they may encounter are exactly the same that a heterosexual teen would encounter.Russell also suggests that parents of gay teenagers be aware of whether or not the person their child is dating has already come out himself, and of how their parents reacted to the news.
Gay, lesbian, and bisexual teens are just like heterosexual teens in that they will get crushes, probably date, and hopefully learn a little about themselves in the process.
However, there will be some differences in their romantic lives, and often parents are not sure how to negotiate these differences.
A big question that often comes up for parents is friendships versus relationships.
Sometimes when the talk comes to safer sex, parents aren’t quite sure what to advise for gay, lesbian, or bisexual teens.
Men who have sex with men (MSM) are at higher risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) than men who have sex with only women.