Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Outspoken: Kaleena Newman

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Outspoken: Kaleena Newman

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Kaleena Newman came out at age 11. Luckily, her parents were supportive, but not everybody was. Now at age 15 she is ready with some advice for young gays and lesbians thinking about taking the same big step.

* Come out to yourself first. Once you're ready to come out to others, build a support base before you tell anyone who might hurt you.

* Don't try to get sympathy, When you're out, some might say how strong you are. True, gay kids usually have a harder time than straight kids, but leading someone to think that you're very different from everyone else won't help.

* When you come out, be prepared for those who talk about you behind your back. Know that you will have to say something to your old friend who now sends you e-mails that state: "God created Adam and Eve, not Eve and Emily."

* Know that a lot of your crushes will be straight--that the girl you like will turn you down for a guy and will stop talking to you because she won't know how to react when you tell her how you feel.

* Some kids become desperate for a relationship. …

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