In high school, it may feel like there are no gay guys around. But if you’re determined to find a boyfriend, there are ways to increase your chances. Start by joining your school’s LGBTQ club or group. It will be easier to make friends there and get to know people before you begin dating them. You could also try online dating. But be aware that it can be difficult to assess the safety and credibility of someone you meet online.
In addition to finding a gay relationship, teens need to have safe and supportive homes. This is important for their overall well-being, as LGBTQ youth have experienced a lot of oppression throughout their lives. Some of these experiences include bullying, discrimination, and isolation from their peers and family members. To help them overcome these challenges, many of the participants in our study talked about a variety of resiliency strategies. Some of these included practicing self-care, avoiding racial and sexual stereotypes, and participating in activism.
To have a successful relationship, both partners need to communicate openly and honestly about their needs, wants, and limits. Use healthy communication skills, such as “I” statements and active listening, to keep the conversation moving forward instead of grinding to a halt. Also, set clear expectations for your relationship, such as your preferred type of dating (monogamy vs. open relationships) and your views on marriage and family planning. Finally, be proactive in your interactions by communicating regularly and meeting in person quickly.