Online Dating

Matias, 18, contacted Child Helpline’s chat because he had many questions...

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He talked about his experiences with online dating where, in every online encounter, he had been approached with personal questions about his sexuality and sex life. He was looking for a long-term boyfriend, someone to fall in love with, and felt unsure about where he could meet other young men who were seeking the same. The counsellor let Matias discuss about his sexual orientation and how coming out would influence his life. Then, he gave him positive advice and referred him to a local organisation that pursues equal rights for straight and LGBTQ people.