family, family structure, homophobia
Dale: I usually find it very easy to talk about my family, but it’s not something that I, uh, I talk about just without any social cues to need to explain it.
Dale: But I’ve never felt a fear or discomfort with talking about my family.
Tara: Wonderful. When you talk about social cues, what kinds of things do you have in mind?
Dale: Um, well, talking about family at home if they bring up a dad who isn’t really, I don’t have a dad that I live with full time, so if there’s something that I have to make more clear, or sometimes if there’s people who a little bit, if they’re homophobic, I bring up that I’m coming from an LGBTQ family.
Tara: Yup. And when you do that, more often than not, does that go well, or are there moments where that’s really difficult?
Dale: It usually, um, surprises kids who don’t expect it to come from me, and I’ve never had much backlash from doing it because most of the time the community isn’t very accepting of, like, bullying, when it comes to homophobia or other topics.