Coming Out in Middle School

Brad M. Griffin | Sep 29, 2009

If you didnt see the article in last weeks NY Times school issue titled Coming Out in Middle School, you should give it a read. Much of the focus is on the bullying and anti-gay language students face as more are openly announcing same-sex attraction in middle school.

As people who love and serve adolescents and their families, we need to pay attention to the bullying, and also to the cultural milieu that middle school students navigate as they process their emerging sexuality. In other words, we need to read articles like this even when we dont agree with the conclusions.

For more interesting dialogue, check out Irene Chos article from earlier this year: I Think Im Gay.

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of over a dozen books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and Can I Ask That? Brad and his family live in Southern California, where he serves as Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Mountainside Communion.


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