Participants: Lara; Family; Homophobia; Middle school; Outness
Lara: Um, well now that Dale is in high school, you know, I think he is negotiating things a little bit differently. Um, in a recent conversation with him, I found out that he doesn’t really bring it up.
Lara: Whereas in our neighbourhood, um, it was such a given, that even in the nearby preschool…
Lara: …All the kids knew, and some of them were jealous that there were two moms. Um, but in high school, I think that um, he said you know people seem to be more uh, shocked when they hear it.
Lara: Not necessarily teachers, but I think students, peers. But they don’t um… they don’t act out, they don’t um, think differently of him, they don’t treat him badly…
Lara: …When they found out. But it is different, you know because I think that’s what happens. You go into a high school, and you end up getting people from all kinds of different neighbourhoods…
Lara: …All kinds of different walks of life, and uh… ethnicities, cultural experiences. And that’s probably um, what he’s working with. But it hasn’t done him any harm, and if anything, they’re learning something.
Lara: You know, as well as him. Taryn, um…
Tara: Who’s in middle school
Lara: Who’s in middle school, who’s in grade seven. She has fun with it.
Lara: If she hears anybody say anything that’s even slightly homophobic seeming, she kind of approaches it with “Oh yeah well, my parents are gay. You know, I’ve got two moms!” And it, she loves doing it…
Lara: …Because of the reaction she gets.
Lara: You know, and the reaction tends to be again…
Lara: “You know that’s not cool. You know what I just said isn’t cool.” And you know, generally the kids are put in their place.