Dear Straight Talk: I’m 16, hoping for a fresh start at a new high school after leaving my old one because I was being bullied. I’m pretty small for a guy and not very athletic. I mostly seemed to make friends with girls at my other school, which made everyone think I was gay, even though I’m not. Being picked on made me socially awkward at school, though I’m not socially awkward ordinarily and wasn’t before high school. I’m paranoid about being a target at the new school. What should I do to start off on the right foot? — “Gary” in California
Sarah, 16, Monclova, Ohio: People can be so mean. The boys soccer team started a rumor that I’m lesbian because I’ve never been kissed. I was really hurt at first, but I decided not to let it ruin my high school experience and I’m much happier now.
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