Our expert says:
Gay is an inssue of sexual preference, and what turns one on sexually --- and no relation to other interests. Some gays are deeply interested in rugby, ber and braaivleis ; and some very red-blooded straight guys are hairdessers and fashion designers, etc. I saw some research that kids dismissed as "sissies" and with interests in dolls etc., were actually not much more likely to be gay than any other kid.
As you say, being gay is more common than most people think, and part of the usual range of ways of being alive. However, you may be right in recognizing the primary problem as one of confidence and having the freedom to choose playmates, hobbies, etc, withou being inhibited by timidity. A few sessions with a child psychologist could help him ( and give you specific advice ) on ways to improve his self-confidence and mix more widely and cheerfully with all sorts of other kids.
As Liza implies, unconditional love is outstanding. But he should be encouraged to still try a wider range of interests and pastimes, and maybe, especiall with the wig, you have been encouraging the Hair interests more than others. And I do agree that you are giving him a mixed message by effectively saying --- here's a wig ( how few girls of that age are given a wig ? ) --- play with it all you want, but don't let your father or brother see you doing it. "
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