It is hard enough to be a teenager, we all remember it far too well, for some it was wonderful and others it was terrible but, could you image being part of the LGBTQ on top of it?
For many of us, ranging hormones was something that we all faced, whether we want to say that with pride or fear of remembering what it was like to be that age.
A lot of us during that time quested who we were, we were finally able to make choices on our own, having freedom to do more things, go places we have never been and dating was a big part of that time for all of us.
It is normal to question what it is like to be with a member of the same sex or even question if you were born in the correct body but, for those of us who never once had to question who we were or what gender we were interested in, it would be torture.
Having to come out to family and friends, on top of making it a reality to yourself, is one of the hardest things that members of the LGBTQ have to face.
You have a lot of acceptance but, just as much hate.
For example, it is hard to come out to your parents just to have them kick you out of the house without a second thought.
In fact homelessness is one of the biggest problems facing young LGBTQ members who have the strength and courage to come out.
But just as hurtful can be the friends that you lose simply be revealing who you really are to them.
To put it bluntly, it is hard to have your whole life change by admitting the words, ‘I am part of the LGBTQ community’.
Some people are not able to handle it and take their own lives, others are standing tall through all the abuse and think that every second of the pain is worth it because they get to finally be themselves.
Dating is hard enough in the straight world, trying to find someone who is gay or not using you to test their own sexual orientation, makes the heartache of puppy love just that much harder.
Even as an adult being part of the LGBTQ, dating is a rough scene but, when you are surrounded by people who are still trying to handle their hormones, it is ten times harder.
Being in any kind of sports or athletics for the LGBTQ is extremely hard, especially if others in your peer group know that you are not straight, being in the locker room is a serious hassle, anyone who has had to deal with it knows what I am talking about.
Everyone of the same sex automatically thinks that you like them and it can make a lot of teenage experiences extremely uncomfortable.
It is important to make sure that if you think you are part of the LGBTQ, to not rush into anything too fast.
The last thing that you want is to make a choice in the heat of the moment and have it effect you for the rest of your life.
It is okay, to be whoever you want to be as long as you are one hundred percent sure, because coming out as a member of the LGBTQ is hard, no matter what age you are but, it is even tougher when you are dealing with the stress of being a teenager and trying to transition from being a child to an adult.
There is no right or wrong way to do anything and you will make mistakes along the way, it is perfectly normal, anyone in the LGBTQ will confirm that it is a huge list of mess ups but, you will get through this and it will be okay.
After all, we are all family and we have your back, anyone in the LGBTQ family will be more than happy to help you through this stage of your life, all you have to do is ask.