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I think I might be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, and I’m really stressed out. Can you help me?
Being a teenager involves figuring out who you are, this includes developing a firmer sense of your sexual orientation and gender identity. It’s normal for everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, to question these things at some point in their lives.
It can be stressful to realize you might be lesbian, gay or bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT). If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender, you should be able to celebrate, not feel stressed out about it! But we know that that’s not always the case.
What you need to know is that you are not alone. There are lots of lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender teens out there and lots of teens who are questioning. So there are lots of places you can go to for support.
Here are some great websites and hotlines to try:
- Youth Resource—A website for gay, lesbian, bisexual and questioning youth.
- Bisexual Resource Center—A website for the bisexual community.
- The Trevor Project for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Teens is a hotline and website that specializes in helping LGBTQ teens who are contemplating suicide. The 24-hour hotline number is 1-866-488-7386. TrevorChat is a free, confidential, live chat for those who don’t have access to a phone, don’t feel safe calling the hotline or for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. The chat is available seven days a week from 3 to 9 p.m. Eastern time.
- The Gay and Lesbian National Hotline is both a website and a toll-free, nationwide hotline at 1-800-246-PRIDE (7743). This hotline offers peer counseling Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight Eastern time and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Eastern time.