those of you who have seen my story today know i was involved in an online discussion about sexual education in school. mainly the fact that they’re now including mandatory gender identity and sexual orientation education. which i think is amazing. but it got me thinking, when was the last time i talked to my daughter about those things? we don’t have very many close queer friends or family members, and i remember the first time i tried to explain to her that men can marry other men and women can marry other women she giggled and thought it was silly and it broke my heart just a little. but keep in mind she was probably only about 5 at the time and just happened to not have really been around anyone queer so it was different for her. so since then i’ve made a point to talk directly to her about it from time to time so that she can understand and not see any other human being as weird or different...back to today, i couldn’t remember the last time we had a talk about it so i asked her if she knew what being gay or lesbian meant and she says, “yes, when a boy likes boys and girls like girls. but that doesn’t make them different” so at that point i’m already getting watery eyed but i follow that with asking if she knows what transgendered is, and this kid practically gives me the dictionary definition and follows it by saying “but that doesn’t change who they are as a person. “ ... guys. my. effing. heart. i was definitely struggling to keep it together at this point and we discussed it some more for a little while but man.. about 80% of the time i feel like i’m doing a terrible job raising these kids, but after that moment with her today i can honestly say that i’ve never been more proud to be this kids mom or more confident in the amazing fucking woman she is going to grow up to be. i am so honored and lucky to have such a compassionate, sweet and inclusive little girl as my daughter. i can’t wait to see the woman she grows up to be.
side note-PARENTS, please talk to your kids. it makes more of an impact than you think.
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