The Benefits of Supporting LGBTQ+ Teens

If your teen tells you that they’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer—congratulations. It means they trust you and want you to know them completely. Return the favor through acceptance, letting them know you love them just as they are. When teens are supported, they experience better mental and physical health including greater self-esteem. They are also less likely to have depression or other problems that can come from feeling isolated or misunderstood. Want to make sure you understand how to be supportive? Read this article to learn strategies for building acceptance inside and outside of your home.

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About Melissa Ford

Melissa Ford is the senior strategist at Women Online. As a writer, she covers a diverse range of topics including education, health, technology, and parenting. She is also the mother of amazing twin teens.

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