Mental Health Research

'I have someone to rely on': For gay teens, romance reduces the stress of bias, harassment

'I have someone to rely on': For gay teens, romance reduces the stress of bias, harassment

As a teenager, Elias Oseni didn’t tell people he was gay: not at home or at school, and certainly not at the close-knit Romeoville church he attended with his mother.

On Sundays, the pastors would preach that homosexuality is wrong, that “God said, ‘Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve,’” that gay people were going to hell.

“It made me feel so bad about myself,” recalled Oseni, 25, of Rogers Park.

The psychological distress caused by anti-gay attitudes and actions has long been a problem for gay youth, but a recent study in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology finds hope in a new place:...

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