Wednesday, November 18, 2009

How to Meet Other Lesbian Teens

  1. Step 1 
    Find a community GLBT center. Searching online will often provide a number of results. Also, look for pamphlets at gay-friendly centers (possibly a school counselor) to direct you. Many cities have at least one center, and some small towns will surprisingly have one. Decide whether you can travel to the GLBT center, and look to see if they have any youth program.
  2. Step 2
    Go online. There are a handful of sites that cater to gay, lesbian, transgendered, and bisexual teens. One is listed in the resources of this article. Find a forum that is reliable and safe, then – if needed – ask people there if they can recommend another safe forum to use.
  3. Step 3
    Be more open. Sometimes, it helps to make it known that you are a gay teen. Some teens have started wearing rainbow jewelry, putting gay pride stickers on backpacks, and joining in GSAs and other gay-friendly clubs. If you feel safe doing so, try one of those ideas to show others that you are gay or an ally.
  4. Step 4
    Ask friends. If you are out to your friends, or if they are out, ask whether they’ve met any other out teens. Throw a party or just hang out with a group and see who you meet or can network with.
  5. Step 5
    Keep your eyes peeled. Much like being more open, keep your eyes out for certain things: find SafeZone stickers to show an area hosts gay teens, look for gay pride items carried by others, and scope out any areas that seem to attract other teens.
  6. Step 6
    Search the local hang-outs. Go to the places you normally enjoy, such as the movie theater, bowling lanes, or bookstore, and keep your eyes peeled once more. There may be a smaller chance of finding other gay teens, but it’ll be easier to meet people with similar interests to your own. You never know what you’ll find when you look closely!