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Most lesbian, gay, bisexual, (LGB) youth are happy and thrive during their adolescent years.
Having a school that creates a safe and supportive learning environment for all students and having caring and accepting parents are especially important.
Parents should develop common goals with their teen, including being healthy and doing well in school. Parents who make an effort to know their teen’s friends and know what their teen is doing can help their teen stay safe and feel cared about. Parents can access many organizations and online information resources to learn more about how they can support their LGB teen, other family members, and their teen’s friends.
Get more information from the CDC Fact Sheet: Parents’ Influence on the Health of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Teens [PDF – 254 KB].
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It is also important for parents to watch for behaviors that might indicate their teen is a victim of bullying or violence―or that their teen may be victimizing others.
If bullying, violence, or depression is suspected, parents should take immediate action, working with school personnel and other adults in the community.
For example, research has shown that in schools with LGB support groups (such as gay-straight alliances), LGB students were less likely to experience threats of violence, miss school because they felt unsafe, or attempt suicide than those students in schools without LGB support groups.
Positive parenting practices, such as having honest and open conversations, can help reduce teen health risk behaviors.