The feelings, desires, and heartbreak they may encounter are exactly the same that a heterosexual teen would encounter.However, there will be some differences in their romantic lives, and often parents are not sure how to negotiate these differences.(You may be fine with them spending the night, or unsupervised time, with a romantic partner; if so, there is less negotiating to do.) Tell them you will trust them to comply with these ground rules, and to tell you which peers they apply to. It’s very important that all of this is communicated to them openly.Talk about consequences if they do choose to break the rules. Make sure that your reservations come from your teen, and not from discomfort around their sexual orientation.Does that have to change if you now know your teen is attracted to the same sex?If you trust your teen to be honest with you about their relationships, set some ground rules.Gay, lesbian, and bisexual teens are just like heterosexual teens in that they will get crushes, probably date, and hopefully learn a little about themselves in the process.They will discover more about how to function in romantic relationships and what they want in a partner.
If you’re in doubt, talk to someone you trust to be fair and insightful about this situation.
Another vital component of helping your teen stay safe, healthy, and sane through teenage dating is talking to them about safer sex.