Year: 2012 Source: Informa Healthcare.(2012).doi:10.3109/01612840.2012.656821 SIEC No: 20120027

Suicidality among young people is a global concern, with international studies demonstrating an increased prevalence among young gay men. Being gay is not inevitably linked to mental illness, but growing up gay in a heterosexist society can compromise mental well being. This qualitative study, using free association narrative interviewing, offers an in-depth understanding of gay men’s experience. One shared experience that emerged was Òknowing and not knowing,Ó the story of gay children growing up in a heterosexist society. This story provides valuable insights for mental health nurses becoming more attuned to the importance of providing professional nurturing of gay children.