High school can be a tough time for anyone, and it's often especially hard for LGBT students to find love. Some teens are lucky enough to have a support network of family, friends and community that can help them navigate their sexuality at school. For others, it's just a matter of being brave enough to talk to someone and make that first move.
The biggest thing for any teen is to be confident in themselves and what they want, and to know that they're worthy of finding love. If you're not sure where to start, there are many great resources for finding a gay crush at any age, but the basic tips are always the same:
Putting yourself out there is an essential part of the dating process, and it's especially important for LGBT teens looking for a partner. It can mean going to local bars, restaurants and cafes that are known for being gay-friendly (which will be easy in most cities, but may require a little more research in smaller towns) or it could mean joining a group or club outside of school that's open to the LGBTQ community.
It can also mean talking to your friends about your desires for relationships - they can be an incredible source of support, and they can help you reach out to potential matches by making introductions. It might also mean coming out - for some teens, this is a major hurdle that requires courage and patience to overcome, but it can help you feel more comfortable with yourself and boost your confidence in the process.