I think I might be gay and I know that’s OK, but I don’t know whether to tell anybody yet. What should I do?

By Kaz Cooke
From the latest edition
of Girl Stuff 13+

I think I might be gay and I know that’s OK, but I don’t know whether to tell anybody yet. What should I do?

You don’t have to tell anyone, but if you want to talk to someone, you may want to choose a trusted adult (there are also safe websites you can go to and find out more about being gay, or other aspects of sexuality or identity).

You may want to be out in the family and in at school or vice versa, but remember that can be impossible to control. Some kids who are gay or have another sexuality or identity don’t feel safe telling family, friends or teachers – don’t tell those people if you think you won’t be safe and supported. Remember you are not alone – you can reach out elsewhere for support.

There’s more helpful advice and resources in the book, Girl Stuff 13+: Your Full-on Guide to the Teen Years.