What should I do if I think my teenager is gay?

Highly regarded pediatrician Lisa Stern, MD, explains what parents can do if they suspect that their teenager is gay or homosexual. Watch this video for tips on what to say and do.
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What should I do if I think my teenager is gay?

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If you think your teenager is gay or homosexual, the worst thing to do is to come out and ask them. Teenagers really have to come to it in their own time and come to you when they are ready. I think the best thing you can do because they are growing up, and this is not just for homosexuality, but for most everything, is practice acceptance and tolerance and not be judgmental about people's choices and lifestyle. If you want to discuss homosexuality, one thing you can do is watch a TV show or a movie that has topics with discussing gender identity. Those can be good conversation starters.

Highly regarded pediatrician Lisa Stern, MD, explains what parents can do if they suspect that their teenager is gay or homosexual. Watch this video for tips on what to say and do.

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Lisa Stern, MD

Pediatrician

Dr. Lisa is a pediatrician at Tenth Street Pediatrics in Santa Monica. Following her training at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and UCLA Medical Center she began to practice a style of medicine that encourages a common sense approach to health and wellness. She empowers parents to use the resources available to them and teaches them to trust their own judgment. She feels strongly that people come to parenthood with their own history and it is valuable to have a objective third party to discuss the big and small issues that parents face on a daily basis. Lisa's patients range from healthy children to those with complex medical histories.

 

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