Lauren Forcella

Gay teen fearful about coming out

Dear Straight Talk: I like your “Am I Gay or Straight?” test (Jun 2). I’m gay and there has never been any confusion; I’ve liked boys starting before pube ...

Why is male swag so irresistible?

Dear Straight Talk: I’ve been dating this boy for a year and five months and we are in a happy relationship. I love him very much and wouldn’t think of breaking up. B ...

Sibling cruelty makes kids disdain helping each other

Dear Straight Talk: I hear repeatedly in Straight Talk about telling on siblings in danger, but I don’t see why I should when it would only make trouble for me. My stepsist ...

Dispelling the myth of sheltered, friendless homeschoolers

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 16 and tired of the stereotyping I face as a homeschooler. Never mind that homeschoolers have hobbies, friends, engage in clubs and sports at our lo ...

Mom finds son’s porn stash

Dear Straight Talk: My 16-year-old son has been “different” lately and my motherly instincts told me something was wrong. I was scared to death it was drugs and searc ...

Boy seems to be huffing but won’t admit it

Dear Straight Talk: My little brother is 15. Whenever he enters the room or gets in the car, I smell a strong odor of nail polish, polish remover or paint thinner. My mom and I h ...

Stepmother seeks help for deep-freeze hostility

Dear Straight Talk: My stepchildren (16 and 17) are incredibly cold to me even though I had nothing to do with their parent’s divorce. I met their father a year later and e ...

Prom season can mean dancing with wolves

Dear Straight Talk: The time for tuxedos and puffy dresses is here. The trouble is my parents won’t let me attend prom without a date. Last year, to accommodate them, I ask ...

Is there a unique sign or feeling for true love?

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 18, a high school graduate and my boyfriend is 20. I want to commit to the man I love. My mother thinks it’s a bad idea. She says don’t ...

Mom hates new Stepmom, wants kids to hate her too

Dear Straight Talk, Our mom can’t get over our dad leaving her for someone else and expects us to hate our dad’s live-in girlfriend. She constantly badmouths them, gr ...