The world is becoming more and more accepting of individuals who identify as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender or other than what has been accepted as "traditional" heterosexuality. As this occurs, young adults and teens are both struggling with their own identity and feeling more comfortable expressing who they are. Because not everyone is supportive or accepting, this can come with huge risks.
Incidences of self-harm, sexual promiscuity, mental health issues, and even suicide are higher among LGBTQ individuals. This is not due to their sexuality, but the isolation, stigmatization and often outright hostility they experience. This can be difficult for families, especially if it has not been expected. That is why support of both these students and their families is essential. It can be a huge adjustment. Don't be afraid to reach out for support; helpful resources are available.