If people who want to counsel LGBT young people find it too triggering to discuss that, how can they be counselors? S. and I both wondered. It's real. That particular discussion right then might have started with a TV show, but we're talking about people's lives. S. is talking about people's lives. It's important for teens to not feel so alone. There are others out there who understand a good part of that loneliness and sense of despair some feel. That's why I feel the Trevor Project is so important. That's why I feel that what S. is doing is so important.
Even though my mind was very fuzzy when S. and I talked, I think me repeating what he said and agreeing with him, and rephrasing things helped him. I wished I had been much sharper mentally for that discussion, but I was there, and I hope that mattered.