By Alexandra Chachkevitch
Joe Tyler Gerber said he realized he was gay in sixth grade but couldn’t come out until he reached high school.
“I was feeling trapped,” said Gerber, 17, a senior at Deerfield High School. “I didn’t really have anybody to talk to.”
If a support group had been available to him then, Gerber said, he might have gained more confidence in himself earlier. Such groups are now starting to appear in the Chicago area.
Links, a north suburban nonprofit, provides support to young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or who are still questioning their sexuality. It has begun creating support groups for middle school students.
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