A gay teen with anti-gay parents has turned to a web show for advice on whether he should come out.

The anonymous teen turned to The David Pakman Show for help.

“Hello, I'm a gay teen,” the teen wrote. “I've been struggling with being gay. Not being gay itself but the pain involved in keeping it a secret for many years. Only one close friend knows and she's been really supportive and wants me to come out. Although, if I asked her, she would take my secret to the grave. I think I've been suffering from moderate depression. It's almost become a daily pastime where I stand in the shower crying silently. My friend helps me through it but it's not enough. While I'm definitely not going to commit suicide, I'm no drop of sunlight either. I don't know if I should come out to strict Republican parents who aren't afraid to voice their negative opinion on homosexuality. I can't figure out what to do or how to do it but something needs to be done. I was hoping for some advice or at least some supportive words.”

Pakman did give the teen some supportive words, saying that a part of the battle was won in realizing that suicide was not the answer.

“Suicide would do nothing for anybody,” he said, “including yourself.”

Pakman encouraged the teen to write back and said that he would try to locate some resources for him or her. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)