Not too long ago, I had a conversation with my 15 year old nephew that broke my heart. He's being raised in a Fundy, conservative household, and seems to have swallowed it hook, line and sinker. I do have hope for him, though, as he is very intelligent and does seem to think a lot.... if not always for himself.
Anyhow, what broke my heart is that he believes that homosexuality isn't "natural". When I asked him to quote sources, he quoted a neighbor who plays the stock market. When I asked him to tell me what the stock market had to do with biology or human sexuality, he got into a "No it isn't"/"Yes it is", brief argument with me. I stopped it, as I know those things are a deadend street.
Anyhow... if someone could recommend books or websites suitable for an intelligent teenager that doesn't challenge his god beliefs, but gives a good explanation of critical thinking, and why it is so important, I would be most grateful.
Also, books or websites that explain how homosexuality is natural. Something from a biological and/or psychological perspective would be helpful, and aimed at a 15 year old..
My ace in the hole (maybe, or maybe not) is that I'm bisexual. My siblings know, but they have been floating down the Nile for a long time now, and probably have shoved that where the knowledge that I'm an atheist also got hidden. I'm sure my sister hasn't told my nephews that I'm bisexual. I suspect the heat of an argument is not the right time to come out to a kid. I'm wondering if talking to him about my experience (not sexual, of course) being bisexual might possibly make him think twice about his stance.
Any input or advice from people who have successfully dealt with teenagers would be much appreciated.