Dykes and Tykes Group, Community, Lesbian Moms, Normalization
Tara: How important was it, if at all, for you to be connected to other LGBTQ families so that the kids would have uh, um, other kids to hang out with? Was that something you did deliberately, or was it something that just happened?
Zena: I think it was a combination of the both.
Pa: We went to the “Dykes and Tykes” group. (chuckles)
Zena: Yeah, when we—yes! I forgot about that. In the beginning, it wasn’t—I forgot about that—we’d be hanging out with the Dyke and Tykes group--
Pa: Dykes and Tykes group.
Zena: um there was well, lesbian women who had kids and so we had gotten to know a bunch of families. We have our best friends--
Zena: that they were all members and so it was important, it was initially important to at least give these guys a basis, you know, and to see that there were other families. And it was really quite easy in the village to do that.
Pa: Yeah, and it was, I think in the beginning, it was more important for us right? To have, just to talk to other people about what it was going to be like--
Pa: and or and then, it became important for these guys, too, because they, they grew up not knowing that they, not feeling that they were maybe a different family--
Pa: than what they were going to be confronted with. So, um, you know, it allowed it to be normal, uh, normal family because there was lots of other ones like around. So, that was important.