The Gay Male

Authored by: David L. Scott

Handbook of Clinical Sexuality for Mental Health Professionals

Print publication date:  February  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138860254
eBook ISBN: 9781315716596
Adobe ISBN: 9781317507468

10.4324/9781315716596.ch24

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Abstract

I began working with sexual minority youth during my adolescent medicine fellowship. I worked with outreach organizations and with the LA Free Clinic to serve homeless youth living in Hollywood. Our standard history included questions about sexual behavior and identity. We asked each patient regardless of gender about sex with “males, females, or both.” I continued this aspect of my history taking during a long career at a suburban teenage and young adult medical practice. I learned early on that if I didn’t ask, the patients wouldn’t tell. So I did ask, and the patients did tell. The volume of same-sex behaviors and self-identified gay youth I was seeing initially surprised me. I found that frequently I was the first person a young person came out to, and I always felt privileged to have had that role. I also helped many families to access PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).

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