This page addresses questions frequently asked of group leaders by
group members. We are linking to some other sites that we hope will
answer the questions more thoroughly than we can.
First, we’ll address the two most frequently discussed topics.
To find answers to "Am I gay?" and "How do I know if I’m gay?"
and "Is this just a phase?" please visit these sites, for starters:
GayBoySupport, YOUTH.ORG and Like It Is
To find answers to questions all of us teens have about our sessions
with Johnny Palm and his five brothers, visit JackinWorld. Yep, we
know, the name of that site seems like a joke or a porn site (which
it's not!) but there’s a lot of information there, including information
for parents. It also has an answer to the “Am I gay?” question.
There's information for girls there, too.
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The Sex/Health Info section of It's Only Me from Across the Sea is
a great place for teens to find answers to questions about our bodies
and how everything works. The Links page on that site has two
important links that lead to suicide prevention information.
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You've Got a Friend is a very good site by Sue and Mat that
addresses more of the topics we get questions about. It includes
helpful information about depression, sexuality, self-esteem,
relationships, abuse, addiction, etc. The site is dedicated to --
among others -- Dalton Knauss, who died at the age of 15 while
practicing AEA. If you haven't done that, please don't, and if you are
doing it, please stop. Read here about another teen, Justin, who
died the same way. UPDATE: YGAF is offline now, but we hope that's
temporary. We'll watch and update again when there's a change.
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DIVORCE -- We're realizing that many teens -- especially GLBT teens
-- whose parents are getting (or have gotten) a divorce are
experiencing the same feelings that Trey of our crew did when his
parents decided to divorce less than a year after Trey had come out to
them. They feel it's their fault. If you're in that divorcing-parents
situation, please read these articles: "When Parents Divorce" at
teenwire, "Dealing With Divorce" at TeensHealth, and "Your
Parents' Divorce" at the UIUC Counseling Center. You can also find
these links on our Links and For Parents pages.
EMOTIONS -- We get questions under several topics that actually
can all be related to one's ability to express emotions. Please click
here for an essay by author Dewey, of DeweyWriter.com, which gives
valuable insight into reasons why we have trouble expressing our
emotions, and what we can do about that.
RELIGION -- We get a lot of questions involving being gay and
religious. We're looking for links to sites of benefit to GLBTQ teens of
all religions. These are two good sites for Christian gays:
Whosoever and The Gay Christian Network