Participants: Karleen; Curriculum; Family structure; Inclusive pedagogy; Teacher education; Visibility
Karleen: The earliest thing happened with Carter, when he was in, maybe preschool or daycare or whatever they call it. You know, he was four and they did, you’ll see this in the kindergarten curriculum, you know, my, you know about family, and he had to write my mom’s name is blank, my dad’s name is blank, my siblings name are blank. And up until that time, he didn't ever think anything was weird about our family. And then, when he had to fill that out, he just started crying, and he fell apart.
Karleen: You know. And um, there was no my, ‘cause I was his Karleen.
Karleen: And there was no my Karleen’s name is blank. And, um, he was a wreck, probably for a month over that, because the little chart didn't match. So, you just go to the teacher, not angry with her...
Karleen: But just like “Hey, you know this isn’t just a gay issue, like there are many different kinds of families.” And she started crying.
Karleen: You know, she was really upset that she had hurt his feelings. But just didn’t know, you know.