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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…


Girls speak frankly about hook-up scene

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: I counsel teens on college and career choices and have been learning about “hook-up” culture. I’m concerned that sexual activity, starting with girls…


Hey Sis, put some clothes on

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: I’m a 16-year-old boy with a 17-year-old sister who is gay. We live with our single-parent mom, who can only afford a two-bedroom apartment, so my sister and I…


Teach your children well…  about sex, porn, love

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: Your columns make me concerned for my son and daughter, ages 9 and 7, respectively. Their father and I divorced over his pornography habit. I hope my son doesn’t…


Twin beds, open dialogue best solution for sleepover issues

DEAR READERS: This is the third column in a series about a topic I get a good deal of polarized mail on — that being the dilemma of whether a gay girl and a straight girl should be allowed sleepovers with…


Gay-straight sleepover: Part 2

DEAR READERS: Last week I aired reader responses to the column of NOV 4, 2009, where I sided with the mother who stopped allowing her daughter to sleepover with her long-term friend who…


Gay-straight sleepover debate gets no rest

DEAR READERS: We recently did a column (NOV 4, 2009) on a topic I get a lot of mail about. Two girls were close friends enjoying the usual sleepovers since elementary school, until, at…


Does same-sex attraction mean you’re gay or bi?

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: I’m a girl and when I see other girls with attractive bodies nude, I sometimes feel a physical attraction. This includes my stepsister with whom I sometimes share…


“Friends with benefits” at corner of Heartbreak and Pain

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: A boy I like asked if I wanted to be “friends with benefits” instead of boyfriend and girlfriend. We’re both 18, seniors in high school, and I use…


Should daughter be allowed on vacation with boyfriend and his family?

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: I’m 16 and my boyfriend is 17. We’ve been going out for nine months. His family has invited me to spend the week after Christmas at their cabin. I really…

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