Leaving the door open to future conversations can also deepen your relationship and reinforce that you are someone they can turn to with any issues. If you need to process what's going on, make sure you seek your own independent support. For some sexuality and gender diverse young people, coming out about their sexuality or gender identity allows them to express openly who they are and what they feel, often for the first time. Some young people will be going through a process of working out what their sexual attractions or gender mean for them. There are many other families who initially have felt isolated, but who have made new connections and friends as they support their LGBTI child or loved one. If you are in a rural or isolated area and cannot meet face-to-face with others in a similar situation, there are plenty of online resources, forums and chat groups that you can join. You can learn about LGBTI life from your child or loved one, their friends and their partners just by being interested, involved in their lives and using opportunities to learn more together. You can also support them through periods of difficulty or heartache as you would any other child. Most relationship experiences are similar for same-sex attracted and heterosexual people — draw on your own experience to give advice and support. Many families worry that their child is in for a lonely or difficult life, but the opposite may be true.
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As people pass from childhood into their teen years and beyond, their bodies develop and change. So do their emotions and feelings. It's common to wonder and sometimes worry about new sexual feelings. It takes time for many people to understand who they are and who they're becoming.
Language: English French. To evaluate the attitudes of adolescents toward communicating with their doctor about different aspects of their sexuality. The present descriptive survey was conducted with the participation of teenagers from four high schools in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Permission from the school board and parental consent for every participant was obtained. A total of adolescents completed the self-administered questionnaire. Overall, when asked to evaluate their degree of comfort if questioned on specific questions about their sexuality, There was no difference between the level of comfort among boys and girls answering the same questions. Respondents believed that their treating physician should discuss sexuality with them Regardless of age or sex, teenagers considered themselves to be at ease discussing sexuality with their doctor and found it an important topic best brought up by their practitioner. As a result, it appears that paediatricians and other physicians who work with adolescents find it difficult to talk with them about sexuality 1 — 4.