As I have mentioned before, I love anime and frequent several anime message boards. There are a great number of teenagers at these boards and at one I’ve sort of come to be the “cybermom” where the people have asked me questions or sought advice. At one particular board, I’ve gotten to know a very creative, intelligent 16 year old guy from Canada.
About 2 weeks ago, he messaged me, very distraught. After a some guesswork, it was determined that after many months of denial and pretending, he has come to the realization that he is gay. He is very upset about this, due to how society tends to view gay males. He doesn’t want to tell his parents or his brother, but he doesn’t know how to deal with questions about why he isn’t dating more, etc.
Any suggestions for me to tell him? I’m still encouraging him to tell his family, but he doesn’t feel he can do so at this time.