Welcome to the latest instalment in our Awkward Conversations series.
Awkward Conversations is an IMPACT Community Services' initiative where we explore some of the challenging issues happening in homes across the region.
Today we look at youth and same-sex relationships.
Teen boy: "I’ve started seeing a boy in my class. My parents are so old school and here in Bundy everyone knows everyone – they’re bound to find out. Should I tell my parents and how do I even start this conversation?"
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Friend: "Hey, so you’ve met someone you feel you have connected with and feel attracted to, that's great. Who in your family is aware of your attraction to someone of the same sex? Are you able to have the conversation with your parents? If you don't feel comfortable at this stage, is there someone else in your family who may offer guidance and support? If not, there's plenty of support available in the community. Phone Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800, LifeLine on 13 11 14, or you could online chat with QLife from 3pm-midnight AEST on 1800 184 527. The most important thing to remember is that your feelings are valid, and you deserve to be accepted for who you are regardless of your sexuality."
Did you know IMPACT supports more than 5000 people across the Bundaberg, Burnett and Discovery Coast regions each year?
Make sure you keep an eye out as we explore more important topics in coming weeks. Our responses are purely hypothetical; each person's case will be different and what might be the right decision for one person may not be for another.
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