Online dating services usually provide unmoderated matchmaking over the Internet, through the use of personal computers or cell phones.
GLYS offers a variety of opportunities and services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning youth and their friends, ages 14-21.
LGB youth are at greater risk for depression, suicide, substance use, and sexual behaviors that can place them at increased risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Schools can implement evidence-based policies, procedures, and activities designed to promote a healthy environment for all youth, including LGB students.
For example, research has shown that in schools with LGB support groups (such as gay-straight alliances), LGB students were less likely to experience threats of violence, miss school because they felt unsafe, or attempt suicide than those students in schools without LGB support groups.
Positive parenting practices, such as having honest and open conversations, can help reduce teen health risk behaviors.