Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Coming out in middle school

The New York Times has an interesting article about the recent trend of gay kids acknowledging their sexuality as young adolescents.

The article is worth a read.

Here's my favorite quote. The writer listens to a gay middle-schooler and his mother argue over dating rules. He writes,
I couldn’t help remembering what Ritch Savin-Williams, the professor of developmental psychology at Cornell, told me the first time we spoke: "This is the first generation of gay kids who have the great joy of being able to argue with their parents about dating, just like their straight peers do."


There's some cautionary advice for LDS parents.

Johnny [a gay adolescent] said his mom has made it very clear that he’s not allowed to bring a boyfriend over to the house. “She’s like, ‘O.K., I accept you, but you better not bring any of those people around,’ ” he told me.

That’s one of about 50 “rejecting behaviors” identified by Caitlin Ryan of San Francisco State University, who has spent the last eight years studying the link between family acceptance or rejection of gay children and their mental health in early adulthood. (Ryan found that teenagers in “rejecting families” were significantly more likely to have attempted suicide, used drugs and engaged in unprotected sex than those who were raised in accepting families.)


References for Ryan's studies can be found here.

2 comments:

leighwells said...

Hello! I found your blog this morning when googling "50 rejecting behaviors" to try to find out more about caitlyn ryan's study. I am a straight ex-mormon (excommunicated), and am curious about my LDS family's rejecting/accepting behaviors regarding my nonmormon behaviors and characteristics... and the results that I am still pondering years later (I am also mid-40s). Thanks for your post.

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