‘Coming Out’: Gay Teenagers, in Their Own Words

Posted: May 31, 2011 in Uncategorized
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It’s becoming a more and more common occurrence to hear about celebrities and ‘notables’ coming out in the public and declaring their alternative lifestyle to the world.  In a culture that bombards us with the likes of Lady Gaga, Perez Hilton, Howard Stern and The Kardashians , nothing should really shock us much these days. But even though our culture (especially the media & entertainment culture)  is pretty void of sound morals, character and absolute truth, it’s still somewhat risky to come out and proclaim to the world- “I’m gay.”  We’ve seen a fair share of celebrities come out during recent years (Chely Wright, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Knapp, Neil Patrick Harris, Adam Lambert), and here in Canada there seems to be a weekly protest or rally spear-headed by the pro-gay/LGTB community. 

But what about teens?  What does the average teen think about the issue of homosexuality?  Many teens still have anti-gay attitudes, and man others have either a pro-gay, or at least a tolerance of those who live and promote that lifestyle.  The New York Times recently ran an online series called Coming Out, and profiles a number of ‘coming out’ stories, as well as the specific perspective of teenagers.  

I haven’t posted this because I’m trying to endorse the LGBT message or to over-saturate coverage on the topic, but rather to inform you as to what our society, especially teens, is thinking about homosexuality.  If you want to know my personal views, you can check out my Born This Way? post I did back in February.  My hope is that, after reading through this, you’ll be more aware of the perception among society, and to spark conversations among Christian believers, as well as those within the gay/same-sex attraction community.  As much as this is one of the biggest cultural issues in the spotlight today, there’s still some relative silence within the church community.  So my prayer is that Christians won’t be afraid to engage in the conversation, nor be ignorant or ‘homophobic’, but to know what culture is thinking, and to take care in knowing what Christians believe, why we believe it…and ultimately…why it matters.  That’s the only way we can  truly earn the opportunity to be heard in a culture of many messages!

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