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"Providers and caregivers of (gay, lesbian and bisexual) youth need to create supportive environments where kids can talk about and support their sexual identity, which may include their dating experiences with same-sex and opposite-sex partners," Bauermeister said.The paper, "Relationship trajectories and psychological well-being among sexual minority youth," will appear in the journal Youth and Adolescence in August. Joe Kort has been treating and writing about gender and sexual orientation issues for nearly three decades.In his Royal Oaks, MI practice, Joe specializes in Gay Affirmative Psychotherapy and IMAGO Relationship Therapy, often treating men who are questioning their sexual orientation.
All types of relationships seem to matter here."The takeaway?This population is the focus of his new and much needed book: .I am pleased that Joe has written this book, as I have had to deal with these questions in my own practice relatively often, as have many other therapists. Number one is the high incidence of male-female couples entering my office because the woman thinks her man might be gay. He’s actually straight, but for whatever reason he’s been looking at gay porn or he’s been having sex with men. I should probably state up-front that these questions are based on my clinical experience, not on any scientific research, but I’ve been doing this for a very long time and I can assure you that these questions are definitely on-point. I also use what I call the “beach test.” I always joke with clients that for me, as a gay man, when I’m walking on the beach and checking people out, the women are in the way.When a straight guy is giving oral sex, he doesn’t care what the other guy looks like. Women’s sexuality is more relational, whereas men’s sexuality is more about objectification. It’s the search for a father, the search for masculine connection. If the man is straight, the main goal is helping both parties understand why he’s been doing this.
So this is a way of bonding with men – ironically, through sex – and it happens not because the man is gay but because he doesn’t know any other way to get this need met. My response is, “As a sex therapist, I have a duty to tell you that your anus doesn’t have a sexual orientation. So I try to help them understand that this is about sexual abuse, or father hunger, or kink, or some other unexpressed need.Studies have shown that these teens may suffer more psychological distress, victimization, physical threats and violence than heterosexual youth.