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Sexual-orientation confusion — not the junk you need

Dear Straight Talk: Can you please run your no-nonsense “Am I Gay?” test from your website. It followed your [APR 28] column about the girl worried she was gay even though she’d always had crushes on boys. My kids are…


Girl who has always liked boys, now stressing about being gay

Dear Straight Talk: I’ve always thought I was straight. I had crushes on boys growing up and currently have a boyfriend who I feel romantic kissing. But recently I’ve been semi-attracted to breasts on the Internet and TV. I…


Heterosexual girl shares warning about bi-experimentation

Dear Straight Talk: I'm in high school and after reading your column on heterosexual girls pressured into trying lesbian sex (FEB 11), I want to say that experimenting with gay sex is very harmful. When I was 15, on a family…


Trying to stay straight at all-women’s college

Dear Straight Talk: I'm a freshman at a top all-girl's college. I'm straight and broke up with my boyfriend to be here. There is tremendous pressure to fit in here by hooking up with girls. I realize girl-girl experimentation…


What bugs Millennials about their generation?

Dear Readers: What bugs you about your generation? I asked the panel this simple question and their responses are, I hope, unsettling. As the first children to come of age in the Digital Age, Millennials have unique challenges, often unrecognized…

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Are daughter and best friend intimate during sleepovers?

Dear Straight Talk: I've been searching for insight regarding our 13-year-old daughter. Public affection with her best friend "Ashley" has increased and it seems they are intimate behind an always-closed door. I don't think my daughter…


13-year-old confused about sexual orientation

Dear Straight Talk: Please don't judge me! I'm 13 and very confused about my sexual orientation. I don't know if I'm straight or bisexual. When I see a cute guy, I daydream about him constantly. When I see a pretty girl,…


What’s a bisexual girl to do?

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: I am 14 and bisexual. I’ve told only my four closest friends. They love and support me, and one of them is bisexual also. I’m not sure if I should tell my parents, but I think they would be okay with…


Will skinny dipping make you gay?

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: My sister and I like to skinny dip in our pool on hot nights. When friends spend the night we invite them to join us since we’re all girls. Our mom recently remarried…


Stepsisters thrown in bed together develop love affair

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: My stepsister and I have fallen in love. We’re both girls and both 17. We share a room and bed when she stays with us every other weekend and have been having…

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