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How should I respond to my child's questions about homosexuality?

Many teenagers worry about their own sexuality as they come of age. Your child needs to know that being attracted to someone of the same sex or even having a physical encounter with someone of the same sex doesn’t mean that they are gay.
 
Your child should understand that is a perfectly normal part of growing up and even if she is gay she may not know until she is older.
 
It’s important that if faced with questions about homosexuality that you show respect for others. Your child needs to understand that homosexuality is not a disease, a curse or a reason to harass or bully someone.
 
It can help to point out people that they know and care for who are gay, such as one of their parent's friends, a relative or a neighbour.
 
If your child is gay, lesbian or bisexual then they still need to know about safer sex messages, including how to protect themselves against STIs and pregnancy.

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