I’m Afraid that My Son Is Bisexual!

24 November, 2019
Q I hope you will help me in addressing a matter with my 12-year-old son. Here is the situation; I have found some online chats and pictures that were exchanged with male adults and my son was pretending to be a girl. My husband and I talked to him about it and he told us one of his friends dared him to this. We took away his iPad for a while and gave it back to him after he promised it won’t happen again. A couple of months later. I discovered on Snapchat that he posted he is bisexual. I found out some chats between him and his friends- mainly him telling them he is bisexual and he likes this one boy from his class and he sent a message to him to be his boyfriend.

Again he is saying it was dared by his friend. He told us he is bisexual. My husband sat him down and clearly explained to him that this is not allowed or acceptable in Islam. His Snapchat has been deleted. I found him following something similar on Pinterest, which also has been deleted. I believe my son is lying about his friend daring him to ask this boy to be his boyfriend. He admitted to me that when he was caught the first time. He was just curious and he told us a lie about his friend daring him.

He has always been friends with girls all his life and is soft-hearted, and a bit feminine. He has a younger sister that he plays with all the time. Most recently I have seen an email sent to a make up artist inquiring about make up and he said in his email, “I may be a boy, but I love makeup” I saw him watching a video of some YouTube celebrity that is guy and he was giving a tour of his apartment and had make up on.

He goes to masjid, gets online Quran lessons. Please help me on how to handle this matter with my son.

Answer

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•Sit down with him when things are calm. Maybe take him out to lunch or for a walk in the park or somewhere else quiet and undisturbed.

•Gin his trust so that he will communicate with you how he is truly feeling.

•You may also want to supervise, limit or eliminate his time online. I know this is hard with teens, but inshaAllah it is to his benefit and safety


As salamu alaykum,

Thank you for writing to us. I understand that you’re having issues with your 12-year-old son. You have found some online chats and pictures of exchange with male adults wherein your son was pretending to be a girl. You stated that your husband and you talked to him about this and he stated his friends dared him to do this.

You also discovered a couple months later on Snapchat that he posted he’s bisexual.  You also found evidence of his liking a male classmate.

Sister, while your son may have feelings of bisexuality, he may be afraid to tell you, thus his saying that it is his friend who dared him, or making up other excuses to avoid how he’s truly feeling.

I will kindly suggest you sit down with him when things are calm. Maybe take him out to lunch or for a walk in the park or somewhere else quiet and undisturbed.  Insha’Allah, discuss with him how much you love him, how proud you are of him and maybe share an experience or two about your life when you were his age.

Perhaps it’s best that his father does this so he can relate to him as a man. Once you (or your husband) can gain his trust through communication, insha’Allah he will discuss with what he is going through his mind, how he feels, and what direction he feels his desires are going and why.

I'm Afraid that My Son Is Bisexual!- About Islam

While you stated he’s always been friends with girls all his life and is soft-hearted and a bit feminine, this in itself is not a cause for alarm. You do not know if he is bisexual or not.  The point right now is to gain his trust so that he will communicate with you how he is truly feeling. What is cause for alarm, however, is his secretiveness, his covering up, and his lying.

We live in a society of an online life. Anything you want to know about is online. Unfortunately, some children get caught up in things that are publicly displayed and get curious.


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Insha’Allah, your son must be made aware that what he is doing.  It is a dangerous situation. It is dangerous because he could get hooked up on the internet with someone who may hurt him, he is only a child. Please do insha’Allah, try to open up communication with him concerning this topic. To be effective, this would mean not accusing him of anything nor talking to him about how haram bisexuality is at this point.

It would mean putting all that aside for now to ensure his safety.  Insha’Allah, help him feel comfortable as well as receptive to what you are saying.  Insha’Allah, if he does at this point, you can guide him in regards to matters of Online safety. This is critical as most of his activities to date are online.

You may also want to supervise, limit or eliminate his time online. I know this is hard with teens, but inshaAllah it is to his benefit and safety.

You can later talk to him about Islamic values concerning bisexuality. Right now the big red flag is his age, his immaturity and his willingness to just trust anybody online. He is an easy target for pedophiles. By keeping communication open with your son, you will insha’Allah be able to have a great effect on his current and future decisions and feelings regarding his sexual identity.

Given his age, it could be a passing phase or curiosity or it could not. You will not know until you speak with him.   Using a nonjudgmental approach may Insha’Allah, pave the way for an open and honest dialogue. He may at that point, be receptive to your Islamic guidance and advice’s regarding his feelings and choices.

We wish you the best you’re in our prayers.

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About Aisha Mohammad
Aisha received her PhD in psychology in 2000 and an MS in public health in 2009. Aisha worked as a Counselor/Psychologist for 12 years for Geneva B. Scruggs Community Health Care Center in New York. Aisha specializes in trauma, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, marriage/relationships issues, as well as community-cultural dynamics. She is certified in Restorative Justice/ Healing Circles, Conflict Resolution, Mediation, and is also a certified Life Coach.
Aisha works at a Family Resource Center, and has a part-time practice in which she integrates healing and spirituality using a holistic approach. Aisha plans to open a holistic care counseling center for Muslims and others in the New York area in the future, in sha' Allah. Aisha is also a part of several organizations that advocate for social & food justice. In her spare time she enjoys her family, martial arts classes, Islamic studies as well as working on her book and spoken word projects.