Part of safe sex is being able to talk to your partner about your history and practices. There are some questions you might feel more comfortable asking someone who’s been there and can speak to their own experiences. Check and see if your community has a program like the True Colors mentorship or The San Francisco Center’s peer support and mentoring workshops.These can be big questions (Am I ready to be exclusive with my partner? less Beware of strangers with candy This applies to all gay teens but, again, I’m looking directly at you, gay young men.
Give your peers the patience you would have wanted and needed.
less You will survive your first heartbreak I heard this and didn’t believe it, so there’s a pretty high chance you might not either.
There are still a lot of questions that can remain for LGBT youths and just because you’re feeling 100% certain about your inclinations doesn’t mean all your peers feel that way.
Don’t shame anyone who's still trying to figure it out, and don’t try to force labels on anyone who isn’t yet sure where they fit on the sexuality spectrum.
Sometimes the worst exes turn out to be the best kind of friends.
less Love can be fleeting, recordings last forever This wasn’t so much a problem during my teenage years (we had AIM and primitive text messaging as our lifelines), but with the emergence of smartphones in the last decade, teenage sexting is increasingly common.
Get to know who you are as a single person and you’ll be much better suited to knowing what makes a good partner in the future.
less Choose friends over lovers every time This is another one a lot of teenagers learn the hard way.
There’s nothing less appealing than pawing your special someone in view of their parents (or yours).
If you’re invited to family occasions and spend any time in the family home, respect mom and dad by not hanging all over each other in their eyesight.
In the years I’ve spent dating, my friends have remained steadfast and consistent support and, if you play your cards right, so can yours.