In some situations, teens who are openly gay may risk facing more harassment than those who haven't revealed their sexual orientation. More on this topic for: But many lesbian, gay, and bisexual teens who come out to their friends and families are fully accepted by them and their communities. Fortunately, many parents of gay teens understand and are accepting right from the start. Once aware, some gay teens may be quite comfortable and accept their sexuality, while others might find it confusing or difficult to accept. Sadly, some react with anger, hostility, or rejection. For most people, coming out takes courage.
They often feel glad that their child chose to confide in them, and are proud of their child for having the courage to tell them.
They may feel completely unprepared for this next stage of parenthood. Those who didn't realize they were gay at first often say that they always felt different from their peers, but didn't exactly know why. This is called coming out. But these experiences, by themselves, do not necessarily mean that a teen is gay or straight. Knowing one's sexual orientation — whether straight or gay — is often something that kids or teens recognize with little doubt from a very young age.
Thinking sexually about both the same sex and the opposite sex is quite common as teens sort through their emerging sexual feelings. It can be reassuring for them to learn about openly gay people who lead happy, successful lives. The term sexual orientation refers to the gender that is, male or female to which a person is attracted. Being straight, gay, or bisexual is not something that a person can choose or choose to change. Adolescence is the dawn of sexual attraction.