Historie
 GayBoySupport

Let op: de domeinnamen GayBoySupport.nl en GayBoySupport.com zijn vrijgegeven en dus niet meer verbonden aan dit project.
GayBoysupport.nl is vrijgegeven per juli 2016 en GayBoySupport.com is vrijgegeven per oktober 2019.

Opgericht in juni 2000

In de Verenigde Staten was toen net onderzoek gedaan naar de link tussen zelfdoding en homoseksualiteit. De kans op zelfdoding bij homoseksuele jongeren (meestal jongens) bleek 3 maal groter te zijn dan bij hun hetero leeftijdsgenoten.

→ Lees meer over suïcide onder jonge homo’s

Om een daad te stellen tegen dit hoge aantal suïcides onder homo-jongens wereldwijd, is toen het idee voor GayBoySupport ontstaan.

Van 2000 tot 2002 bestond de site alleen in het Engels: GayBoySupport.com. Pas in 2002 is de nederlandstalige versie GayBoySupport.nl toegevoegd.

.com en .nl

Vanaf juli 2016 is de domeinnaam GayBoySupport.nl vrijgegeven vanaf oktober 2019 is de domeinnaam GayBoySupport.com vrijgegeven. Deze domeinnamen zijn nu dus op geen enkele manier meer verbonden aan het oorspronkelijke project GayBoySupport.

Van pioniersrol tot informatiebron 


In de beginperiode vervulde GayBoySupport een belangrijke rol, omdat er nog geen sites bestonden voor jonge homo’s of die deze informatie en deze ‘jongensonderwerpen’ op een open en eerlijke manier aan wisten te bieden.

Door de jaren heen kwam er gelukkig steeds meer informatie voor homo-jongeren online. Sinds de jongerenboot mee ging varen in de Canal Parade van Amsterdam Gay Pride (eerste keer: augustus 2007), is de aandacht en informatie voor jonge homo’s online en offline steeds verder uitgebreid.

Ruim 2500 e-mails van jongens


Via e-mail werden de meest uiteenlopende vragen gesteld. Sommige jongens wilden gewoon iets weten over flirten, seks of hoe je gemakkelijk andere gays kunt ontmoeten. Anderen waren radeloos en verkeerden in een isolement. E-mail bleek geschikt om iemand te steunen bij het hervinden van zelfvertrouwen en het vergroten van weerbaarheid.

Het aantal e-mails is in de loop van de jaren verminderd. Van zo’n 10 per week in de beginjaren tot gemiddeld nog maar 1 per week in 2009.

Vanaf november 2008 ging Gay & Lesbian Switchboard de deskundige beantwoording van e-mails op zich nemen.

Uit de overweldigende hoeveelheid positieve reacties door de jaren heen blijkt dat veel jongens de website en het e-mailen als erg nuttig hebben ervaren. Onze doelstelling werd dagelijks opnieuw bereikt, wereldwijd.

Bezoekersaantallen

Het aantal unieke bezoeken aan de website was van 2000 tot 2008 ruim 4000 per maand.

Newsletter

De GayBoySupport Newsletter verscheen tot maart 2006, met thema-artikelen, interessante links en relevante nieuws-items. In 2 aparte edities: Engels en Nederlands.

GayBoySupport Network

Om voldoende op de doelgroep te blijven aansluiten, is het idee voor een feedback-netwerk ontstaan. Verschillende jongeren hebben zich daarvoor aangemeld en door de jaren heen hebben zij hun mening met ons gedeeld. Dit gebeurde meestal via e-mail en msn, soms via de telefoon. Uit dit netwerk zijn ook 14 persoonlijke coming-outverhalen voortgekomen die op de website hebben gestaan.

Donaties

GayBoySupport heeft verschillende spontane donaties ontvangen. Wij waren blij verrast met financiële steun van mensen die op deze manier hun betrokkenheid wilden uitdrukken.

Subsidie van het RiTS Fonds


GayBoySupport heeft in 2006 subsidie ontvangen van het RiTS fonds. In de brief over de toekenning van deze subsidie (30 januari 2006):

Wij zijn gecharmeerd door de opzet van GayBoySupport en denken dat dit project een buitengewoon nuttige rol vervult voor veel homoseksuele jongens in de puberteit. Met name de informatieverstrekking via de website zelf en de persoonlijke beantwoording van e-mails van deze jongeren voorziet in een functie die nog altijd van levensbelang kan zijn in Nederland en daarbuiten.

Doel bereikt, site offline

Omdat de hoeveelheid informatie online inmiddels enorm uitgebreid is, heeft de redactie haar activiteiten voor GayBoySupport in 2009 tot een minimum teruggebracht. De e-mailbeantwoording was in 2008 inmiddels uitbesteed aan Gay & Lesbian Switchboard.

Alle interactieve onderdelen (zoals de weblog met nieuws, Twitter, Hyves, YouTube, GayBoySupport Network en het feedbackformulier) zijn eind 2009 beëindigd. De website zelf heeft nog als (tweetalige) informatiebron online gestaan tot 2018.


Verkorte engelstalige versie GayBoySupport

GayBoySupport  ★  Info & support for gay boys worldwide since 2000  ★  Informatie en support voor gay jongens wereldwijd sinds 2000

Info & support for gay boys worldwide since 2000 Informatie en support voor gay jongens wereldwijd sinds 2000

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Info & Support for Gay Boys

Are you a guy who fancies guys instead of girls? Then you are one of at least six hundred million homosexual people world wide.

Coming out and admitting that you are gay isn’t always easy. Many questions you have may stay unanswered. Some gay teens get bullied. This can be very painful.

More and more teenagers feel o.k. about being gay. And they experience few or no problems with the people around them. That is the way it should be!

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50% of the Boys

At least 50% of boys have sexual experiences with other boys during their youth. And there’s nothing special about that, because that’s just one of the natural aspects of growing up as a boy.

These three facts must have something to do with it.
1. Teenagers have to cope with an explosion of hormones in their bodies, which causes them to get aroused more often and more easily.
2. The male sexual organs are situated on the outside, so the chance of getting physically stimulated is bigger.
3. Boys often find it interesting and assuring to compare to each other.

How do boys get to have sex with each other? It can just happen out of the blue or be part of a close friendship. Or just because they were curious and wanted to find out how things felt. Or, of course, because they have fallen in love with each other! So: boys can ‘do gay things’, which is completely natural. And boys can be gay, because they were gay in the first place. At least 3 out of every 10 boys is gay or bisexual.

Denial – It’s obvious that most boys would not admit that they have sexual fantasies about another boy. Or that they do sexual things with a friend. Certainly there are boys in the neighbourhood who do, but would they tell everybody? Would you? Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’re the only one on earth or in your neighbourhood. And don’t feel bad about yourself. Rather be proud of yourself!

And why 50%? – Years ago this phenomenon has been researched already. By Hite and Kinsey, American sexologists. Hite came to a percentage of 43% and Kinsey of 48%. Add to that the gay and bisexual men and of course you will end up somewhere over 50%. Besides these researches, it is commonly known. However only few people would admit. Some feel ashamed or say they have ‘forgotten’. Oh well.

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Love, or Lust

Usually, you also feel physically attracted to the person you have a crush on. But not necessarily. So, you either feel love for someone, or lust. Or both!

The feeling of being in love is nice and wonderful. It can be tough as well, for example in case you can’t tell anyone. While on the other hand some people just like to love somebody secretly. Whatever. Mostly, your face turns red when the person you love looks at you or walks past. Sometimes, you can even start talking with a stutter.

Or are you someone who would just get really self-assured? It is quite normal if falling in love causes you to feel happy and laugh or joke around more than usual. The butterflies in your belly will remain flapping about there – sometimes you’ll even eat less than normal.

Love and lust are not the same thing. You can also get attracted to a person only physically. Sometimes you haven’t even spoken a word to each other and you still feel this strong physical attraction. If you have sexual fantasies about someone in your surroundings, you don’t need to be in love with him as well. There’s nothing strange or wrong with that. It is normal, natural, healthy and good. It’s o.k. to have sex with each other, as long as you both want it and enjoy what you are doing.

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Bisexual

Bi = 2. Bisexual = you fancy the 2 of them, so both men and women. When you regularly have sexual feelings for both boys and girls, it is called bisexuality. ‘Bi’ means two, or both. Generally you prefer the one slightly to the other.

Besides that, it is quite normal for heterosexuals to have the occasional gay fantasy. But you don’t need to be gay or bisexual for it.

As bisexual you therefore have two possibilities. You can enjoy both the male and female body sexually and have a greater freedom of choice. You might have a relationship with a girl, but at the same time have sex with a guy. Or vice versa.

Many bisexuals choose to go through life as husband and wife. The feelings, fantasies and interest in people of the same sex don’t necessarily disappear because of this choice. It can help if you maintain the ability to discuss these feelings in your relationship. It can be quite a challenge if you have the need for sex with both men and women and wish to maintain a relationship with someone who prefers monogamy. (Monogamy: having sex only with the person with whom you have a relationship).

Be true to yourself and your feelings. You are allowed to think out of the box! Don’t concern yourself with the question of whether you are gay or straight. Be happy that you are fortunate enough to choose not only from 50% but from 100% of mankind.

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Coming Out

Coming out: you dare to say that you fancy boys instead of girls. You feel the strong need to be who you are and not hide anymore. And to be able to say whatever nice things you want, about the guy you have this crush on. To share your joy and ask questions. There isn’t exactly a manual for coming out and saying you’re gay in the best way. The best way to do it, is your way.

Always do it your own way. Most youngsters tell a good friend first. And after that, their parents. Which is quite logical actually. Then you have somebody to fall back on in case things don’t go so well at home. And ‘practising’ once can be useful too.

Coming out tips

1. If the first person you tell that you are gay, is the same person you are in love with, things could go nastily wrong. May be he likes you a lot, but is not in love with you at all and besides he apparantly dislikes gays. Ouch! What a double disappointment that would be…

2. First, try to tell someone you can trust, that you fancy guys rather than girls. Someone who you think can give you the support and understanding you need. Also talk through the way you feel with them.

3. Try not to act too impulsively when you ‘come out’. It’s best to be spontaneous, but don’t do or say things you can regret seriously afterwards. For example by telling extremely intimate things to the wrong person, when you don’t feel confident.

Stay cool. Especially parents often need to get used to the idea first, so give them a little time to react. Realise that most parents are heterosexual (straight) and that still many of them hardly ever thought about the possibility that their child would not be straight.

It is actually not that bad! Most people agree – after the fact – that coming out is extremely satisfying. You might lose a few friends, but you mostly realize that they weren’t real friends anyway. As long as people understand that you are still the same person as before, then problems you anticipated turn out to be much smaller than you think.


Video

I said I was bisexual but that worked against me, hehe…


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Dating

Internet is fun, fast and full of people. The online world is great fun, but also has its shady side. So just consider a few important things once you go from online contact to offline contact and meeting people in real life.

Met someone in an app or on a dating site? Be sure to also check someone’s Facebook, for example. And talk with him on the phone before you meet.

Always meet in a public space, with people around. Be sure that you can leave whenever you want to and that others can see you. And don’t get into a car or into someone’s house. This first time you meet, rather go and have a drink or a burger or walk through town and discuss anything you like. That’s a good way to get to know each other. Trust your feelings! If you have doubts: then say no. You are in charge and nobody can force you to do anything you don’t want. You can break up and go whenever you want to.

Sometimes, in real life it’s just not what you had expected. That happens more often. Then it’s a bummer, but oh well, better luck next time!

Assaulted? If you get assaulted, report that to the police. And talk about it with someone you can trust. If you dare not talk about it with your parents, find someone else, like a school counsellor or social worker. The person that assaulted you should be punished and stopped from hurting someone else. And you should get help.

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Relation

You’ll never forget your first boyfriend! Possibly, you have been in love with a straight boy several times. By the time you have your first real boyfriend, this will probably shoot you out of your socks. It might feel as if you were made for each other and will always remain together. Only 1 thing can be said about this: enjoy all the nice feelings and the butterflies in your stomach!

Making love – When you have sex, remember to do it safely. You don’t know each other such a long time, do you? Your boyfriend might have had sex with others before you, and you don’t know for sure if they had safe sex. You could both have yourselves tested for a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

Change – Many people in relationships make the mistake thinking they can change the other person. Almost by default. So the earlier you know, the better: you just can’t. Don’t try to change your friend. Better is to find ways to deal with each other’s personalities. Every person is different from the other, for many reasons. So find the best ways to get along and give each other enough space to breathe.

Long-term relationship – Your relationship can become stronger and ‘deeper’, the longer and the more successful you are together. Several short relations or a long-term one, every relationship can be a great experience. After one year, most relationships become stronger. Meanwhile you might have to put more energy into it because things sometimes don’t go as easy as in the beginning.

On / Off – Bumping into each others personal limits is a very normal thing. So having an argument once in a while also. Always stay open for each others feelings and points of view. And give each other the chance to get used to being in a relationship. And to get used to each other. Sometimes, you find out that you have to give away just too much for remaining in this relationship. Then you have to decide if you want to continue or not. If he breaks up, try and understand the reason why, also when this is difficult for you. Most times, your worst sorrow will be tempered within two weeks.

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Penis Size

Sometimes guys measure and compare their penises. The average lenght of an erect penis is 14,3 cm (approx. 6″). Of course during puberty your dick can still grow in size.

The average sizes of erect penises, 12-18 year olds

Centimeters

  • 12: 8.7 cm

  • 13: 11.15 cm

  • 14: 12.20 cm

  • 15: 13.65 cm

  • 16: 14.10 cm

  • 17: 14.7 cm

  • 18: 14.8 cm

Inches

  • 12: 3.4″

  • 13: 4.4″

  • 14: 4.8″

  • 15: 5.4″

  • 16: 5.6″

  • 17: 5.78″

  • 18: 5.8″

A penis can be exciting and beautiful for many different reasons. And fortunately tastes differ. Many men are fascinated by big dicks. Having a big penis seems to be an advantage. However, this does not mean that a ‘small’ dick won’t be appreciated. There are also many guys who find large dicks problematic. They would rather be fucked by guys with average dicks and often also find them easier to blow.

At the end of the day the size of your penis is not that important. Your personality is much more important. People find you attractive because of your looks, your beautiful smile, because you are tall and skinny or maybe because you are plump, etc. Many other factors are generally more important than the length of your penis in centimeters or inches.

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Masturbation

Your sex life naturally starts with masturbation. Roughly from the age of 12 (possibly earlier or later), boys experience sexual arousal frequently as a result of an immense increase of hormones in their body. Masturbation is a way to ‘discharge’ this sexual tension. You can masturbate whenever and as often as you want (preferrably in private, not in public). By masturbating, you also get to know your own body and what you enjoy and what not.

Masturbation, or ‘jerking off’, ‘wanking’, etc. goes as follows. You keep a grip on your erect penis with one hand and then move that hand up and down, so that the foreskin rubs the top of the penis (called ‘glans’), or actually the rim of the glans. Circumcized boys mostly use a lubricant like spit or baby oil or the naturally formed lubricant that comes out of the erect penis, when you are sexually aroused. This will lead to having an orgasm (you ‘come’). An orgasm is the climax of sex and feels epic. When cou come, sperm (or ‘semen’) is squeezed out of the balls through the penis. This is called ejaculation. If your testicles don’t yet produce sperm, you can still ‘come’. This won’t harm your body in any way.

Masturbation myths – There are quite a lot of strange myths about masturbation.

Read myths and facts on the Jackinworld website

A wet dream – That means coming in your sleep (while dreaming). This is completely natural and nothing to be concerned about. It happens at least once to everybody and can actually be a frequent occurrence for some.

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Natural

People often assume that homosexuality only occurs amongst humans. But according to American biologist Bruce Bagemihl it seems that not a single animal species is strictly heterosexual. In 2004 he published a book on the homosexual behaviour of more than 470 animal species. He describes male giraffes that wrap their necks around each other as part of their foreplay and masculine lions that mount each other. He also describes male orangutans that satisfy each other orally (blow jobs), hippopotami that participate in homo-erotic orgies, vampire bats that get erections when they groom each other and lesbian seagulls that hatch their eggs together. Even hedgehogs, ostriches, lizards, trout and fruit flies show homosexual behaviour. And these are not once-off excesses. All the animals described by Bagemihl show regular homosexual behaviour.

Of course homosexuality is natural! It is still believed that sexual orientation most likely occurs during embryonic development – in the development phase from fertilized egg to baby. In any case this supercedes the theory of the discovery of a “homo-gene”. Homosexuality has always existed and cannot just be delegated to the “unnatural”.

Only humans judge. Nature doesn’t. Some people will always find a reason to condemn homosexuality. Either way it is clear that in nature everything is possible. There are animals that are simultaneously male and female, animals that can change their gender, animals that masturbate, bi-sexual animals and animals that behave like the opposite sex. One thing stands out: animals don’t condemn homosexual behaviour. Nature does not judge. Humans are unique in this sense. Maybe that is what is un-natural.

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Bullying

Guess what? Have you ever noticed the shyness of (straight) males when they talk to a female? And how they force themselves not to show it? Same thing can happen to you, when you talk to a guy. That can sometimes be the reason why straight guys guess that you are gay. For lots of gay teens, this is where the bullying starts!

Gay bullies are often… gay. People often think that if they taunt a person who is thought to be gay, they will not be considered being gay themselves. Therefor it can be hard sometimes, to stop people from bullying you.

Toss ’em! What about strengthening your verbal defenses? Talk with someone you trust about how to fight back with words. That can be really effective. And if you train yourself to stay relaxed and cool, sharp remarks will come out of your mouth more easily.

Gay boy kicks ass! Sometimes it appears that you just have to use your fists or feet, to get the respect you deserve. If you are not used to doing this, why not take lessons at a defence class or fighting school? These lessons will teach you skills and techniques and you’ll get time to adopt them, so they become ‘part of you’. You will also learn that a more self-assured attitude will prevent harassment from even happening.

ChildLine – Bullying

StopBullying.gov


Video

This gay boy kicks ass


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Depressed

Who am I? During this period of your life, called adolescence, all kinds of things can occupy your time and thoughts. Your body is changing and so is your way of thinking and judging things. You might be trying to figure out how to deal with parents or teachers who are giving you a hard time. Or with tons of homework and tough decisions that you suddenly have to make.

And you discover your sexual feelings. Finding out that you are gay, can then be another load on your shoulders. Falling in love with other boys or being turned on by them time after time, can even be embarrassing and confusing. Especially when you have been hearing all your life that men are made for women and that you will get married some day. Or when friends always talk about girls.

No, you are not alone. And by far not the only one either. It is important to realise that thousands are having these problems, just like you, because you’re certainly not alone in your struggle. And millions came before you and are leading happy lives right now!

It all starts with being proud of yourself as a (gay) person. Remember a moment when you felt really proud of yourself. Sure you can! Well, remember this feeling of pride every time when you realise that you are gay. Being gay is natural and good. It’s cool to be gay.

In life, nobody can do it all alone. It helps a great deal if you talk about the feelings and worries you may have. If you don’t want to tell about your ‘gay feelings’ then talk about other things that occupy you. The relief you will get from that, will at least help you cope better with your other personal occupations.

Child help lines – There are child help lines all over the world. So there is one in your country or language too! People are there to listen to you and give you helpful advice and even addresses. Anonymously.

Help Lines

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Suicide

Are you thinking of ending your life? The idea that you can step out, can even give you strength. For most people, thinking of it, is still far away from really committing suicide. Still, the despair can be so huge that ending your life might seem the only way out of it.

Most people who attempt to commit suicide say they didn’t actually want to end their lives. But rather their problems or the pain these problems caused.

Coping with stress and sorrow can be hard. When this holds on for a long time, it can even be too much for the strongest people. This can result in exhaustion and depression. In such situations, suicide thoughts are very common.

Take action: talk to someone. It can be a tremendous relief to talk to someone about your feelings and what’s happening in your life at the moment.

Find someone you know who will listen to you. This could be someone in your family, a friend, or may be a teacher, a school-councellor or anybody in your school. It also helps sometimes to write down what you feel. You don’t have to show this to anyone.

There is always help for you. There are numerous organisations and institutions where people work who are trained to teach you to cope with problems. Many schools have appointed people who are specialised in helping you out. It’s not always easy to ask for help, but it is smart and also brave to do so.

You’re not the only one. In life, nobody can do it all alone. And nobody has to. Besides, you are not the only one to feel like this right now.

Child help lines – There are child help lines all over the world. So there is one in your country or language too! People are there to listen to you and give you helpful advice and even addresses. Anonymously.

Help Lines

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Parents

Your son is still the same kid as before you found this website. You most likely have the power to hurt him deeply with your reaction if it is negative. Please don’t.

My son is gay. Please do realise that most boys have feelings that could be considered as homosexual, during their childhood, youth or adolescence. This is part of the normal development of a young male. But may be he is gay, that’s possible.

If your son is homosexual, nothing can change that. Why would a teenager have a problem coming out as gay, when he isn’t? Being gay is not a choice. Coming out of the closet is.

Gay teens are often the focus of (family) violence, neglect and emotional abuse. They may even be rejected forcibly from their homes. Many run away or kill themselves, because they can’t deal with the emotional stress anymore. Or with the emotional conflicts raised by their parents – whom they often love and want to be able to talk with, openly and honestly.

When I was seventeen years old, my mother and father told me that the only thing that was important to them, was that I would be happy. Whether that involved a girlfriend or a boyfriend was immaterial. From that day on, my suicide thoughts, fears, sorrows and anger towards society started dissipating. I still had a long way to go, but it was a new start from a warm and supportive situation: my family.

Being gay is as wonderful as being straight. For a gay teenager it is as important as for a heterosexual boy, to be the person he really is. That is what stimulates a normal development. Towards a coping, wise and happy person.

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Religion

Someone’s sexual identity is not a conscious choice. If you are sexually attracted to guys, you are. Try to talk a straight person into ‘becoming gay’ and you won’t succeed. He may even try and have sex with another man, but if he isn’t gay by nature, he won’t enjoy it so much and probably won’t try it again. It’s the same with gay people.

What do Christians, Jews and Islamites say about homosexuality? There are many different ways of thinking about homosexuality. Unfortunately, the negative and official ways often preveal.

Christians – The Roman Catholic Church disapproves sex between men, but does not disapprove gay people. Inside Protestant Churches the orthodox Churches often disapprove homosexuality and see it as a taboo. But even there, things are changing.

Some Evangelic Churches try to turn gays into straight people. Something doomed to go wrong. The liberal churches accept gay relations, as something natural. In The Netherlands, there are churches where gays can get married (remonstranten, doopsgezinden). In the United States, there is a church that is particularly oriented at gays and lesbians: the Metropolitan Community Church

Violence towards gay people is disapproved by all churches. People sometimes forget to love their neighbour as themselves.

Jews – Also within the Jewish religion there are great differences. Many Jews are orthodox and they often disapprove homosexuality. Liberal jews see homosexuals as liberal Christians do. The points of view of Conservative Jews vary and they have several opinions about it.

Islamites – As with Christians and Jews, the Islamites have many ways of approaching homosexuality. Many official statements are negative, but in daily life things are and were often very different. In the Koran, as well as in the Bible and Thora, are phrases that can be explained as anti-gay but other ones that can be explained as pro-gay. Many views and opinions about homosexuality of Islamites are rather cultural than religious.

Homosexuality and religion can go hand-in-hand. It’s o.k., to be gay and religious at the same time. People have to find their own way, which can sometimes be a hard and long way.

Religion – It is hard to give a definition of religion or belief. Because religion can mean so many different things for different people. For every person, his belief originates in someone’s first environment: his place of birth and family. Religion therefore is not an absolute truth, but a product of someone’s cultural environment. People believe in what is imparted to them as what they should believe. That is hardly ever subject to discussion, because the source of it ‘should not be’ doubted about.

Every person is free to believe in what he or she finds valuable for life. You have to respect that. And religious people have to respect people who have a different belief or who have no religion (anymore).

You can be religious without religion. Without having ties with any religion, you can still be religious. For example because you feel there is more between heaven and earth. Everybody has personal feelings, thoughts, religious experiences and ideas about life and all that comes with it. And they can change throughout life.

Read more on religion and homosexuality



If you have a specific medical problem, you should always contact a doctor, medical health institute or hospital.

Contact - Help Lines

If you have a specific medical problem you should always contact a doctor, medical health institute or hospital.

International Gay Youth Help Lines

United Kingdom

Child Line – in the UK 0800-1111

Ireland

Child Line Ireland 1800-666-666

USA

The Trevor Project 1-866-488-7386 (24/7)
Youth LGBT Hotline 1-800-246-7743
Ali Forney Center – Housing homeless LGBT Youth (NYC)
(212) 206-0574
HIV-Test Hotlines (often free testing)
1-800-342-AIDS (1-800-342-2437) English
1-800-344-SIDA (1-800-3447432) Spanish
1-800-AIDS-TTY (1-800-243-7889) TTY

Canada

1-800-668-6868

Australia

1800-55-1800

International Child Help Lines

Child Help Line International
(In around 160 countries worldwide)
Child Help Lines (USA, Canada, Australia, Israel)

USA

Prevent Child Abuse: 1-800-CHILDREN (1-800-244.53736)
National Runaway Hotline: 1-800-621-4000
KidsRights (suicide prevention): 1-800-892-5437
New National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
Suicide Prevention Hot Line: 1-800-827-7571
Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-800-448-4663
Cutting yourself? 1-800-dontcut (366-8288)
National Runaway Switchboard TDD: 1-800-621-0394
National AIDS Hotline: 1- 800-342-AIDS (24 hours a day)
Alcohol & Drug Abuse Crisis Line: 1-800-234-0420
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE
Gay and Lesbian National Hotline: 1-888-THE-GLNH (1-888-843-4564)

Canada

Kid’s Help Phone: 1.800.668.6868
Child Abuse Hotline: 1.800.387.KIDS (5437)
Distress and Suicide Line: 1.800.232.7288
Kid’s Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 (24 hrs)
AIDS/Sexually Transmitted Diseases Info 1-800-772-2437 (24 hrs)
AIDS and Sexual Health Hotline – 1-800-686-7544
Offered in: Armenian, Bengali, Cantonese, English, Filipino, French, Hakka, Hindi, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Sinhalese, Spanish, Swahili, Taiwanese, Tamil, Urdu, Vietnamese.
Kids Help Phone 1-888-668-6868 (24 hrs)

USA and Canada

GLBT Hotline (based in NYC) 1-888-843-4564
Youth GBLT Hotline (NYC) 1-800-246-7743

Australia

(National) Child Abuse Prevention Services: 1.800.688.009
Suicide Prevention (Recording): 1300.360.980
Australia (Victoria) Aids Line: (03) 9347.6099
Suicide Helpline: 1.300.651.251
Centre of Adolescent Health (03) 9345.5890
Living Hope (youth call) (08) 8277.4400 UK National AIDS helpline: 0800 567123
Lesbian and Gay Switchboard 020 7837 7324
Alateen (advice for teens with alcohol concerns) 020 7403 0888
Youth 2 Youth (support and advice available) 020 8896 3675
Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre: 0208 6833300

Israel

Eran – (psychological help for youth) 1201, 02-610303, 04-8672222
Meital (A help centre for children who were sexually abused) 02-630428


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About us

GayBoySupport was set-up in June 2000 as a response to the high rate of suicides committed by gay teenage boys worldwide.

Suicide among LGBT youth (Wikipedia)

Objective – GayBoySupport’s objective is to give information, support and advice to adolescent boys (12-18 years) who are gay or bisexual or questioning and to help them cope better.

We are Maurice, Zamarra, Wim and Jeroen, from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Between 2000 and 2008 we have answered over 2500 emails from boys all over the world. From 2008, all questions are answered by Gay & Lesbian Switchboard in Amsterdam. In 2014 we transferred our websites (gayboysupport.com and gayboysupport.nl) to two free Wordpress blogs, approachable through the original domain names.

→ The domain names GayBoySupport.com and GayBoySupport.nl do not belong to us anymore.