Participants: Michael & Ernst; Community; Family; Representation
Ernst: I always went to Provincetown for the summer and that’s a place where a lot of gay and lesbian, and transgender and bisexual people go. It’s a very open, free spirited place and it’s a beautiful place and we continued that tradition with our kids and we just happened to land at the same time as family week. And we knew it was good for Clara early on, that she would come up to us and we would be up on Herring Cove on the beach and she would come up to us and say: “Oh, I'm going with Olivia and her papa and daddy to grab an ice cream,” and the fact that she was able to say that at five years old, four years old, that she was meeting friends that also had papas and daddies I think was good.
Michael: But also, she hadn’t gotten to an age where she felt different. She never had a chance to feel different in that way you know. And it’s been sort of normal that’s why it was great going there, really young. We never searched for those communities necessarily. I mean we have lots of gay friends who have families and you know most of our friends are probably not you know not straight families or whatever.