Participants: Karleen; Advocacy; Homophobia; Identity
Karleen: They would get protective in this way that could silence them right, so they would think, “Wow, there’s all this homophobia in the world, and our moms don’t know about it because they just carry on like everything’s normal.” [Tara laughs] And so, they’d be like “We’d better not let them know that people are feeling this way.” And I remember when I finished my PhD, and I was looking for work, um, my kids were, the older ones were really worried about me finding work, and I was like, well, you know, I’ve done pretty well, I’ll probably be okay, you know. And they were, I mean at some point it came out that, “You’re a boy-girl, and people don't like them and so, you’re not going to get a job you know,” and I was just like, oh god, you know, they’re carrying this around, and I was like, you know...
Tara: What did you say?
Karleen: “Ah, professors, you might be able to get away with it, being a boy-girl.” [Both laugh] But they’re right, they’re absolutely right, I mean, a lot of jobs you can’t.