The members of that community create space for relationships to grow. Data was gathered through online surveys taken by sexually experienced teens in the United States and is the first known study on the topic. Kathryn Macapagal, an author on the study and research assistant professor of medical social sciences at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Macapagal says gay and bisexual male teens turn to the apps to meet others in that community because they feel there are few opportunies to do so where they live.
Close parent-adolescent relationships and specific parenting practices e. Although some felt that their relationships improved after coming out, a larger percentage reported that it put strain on their relationships. Many reported that their parents struggled with whether or not to adapt parenting practices e. Youth consistently noted that parent-adolescent relationships and parenting practices depended on the adolescent's level of outness.
This story is part of a collection of stories from young people on ReachOut. Ever since I was young I have done life the hard way. This was the same for "coming out". For my whole life I've known that I would be different. In kindergarten I would always play with the girls and sometimes the guys as well, this continued on into primary school where I would hang out with the girls and I was the only boy in the choir.
In the summer of , when he was 15, a youth I will refer to by only his first name, Jeffrey, finally admitted to himself that he was gay. This discovery had been coming on for some time; he had noticed that he felt no attraction to girls and that he became aroused when showering with other boys after physical education class. But Jeffrey is a devout Southern Baptist, attending church several times each week, where, he says, the pastor seems to make a point of condemning homosexuality. Jeffrey knew of no homosexuals in his high school or in his small town in the heart of the South.