Relationships, Queer Friendly, Family, Lesbian, Donor, Location
Zena: My name is Zena Nurse and I’m one of the moms.
Tara: Great. And then we have?
Tristin: My name’s Tristin. I’m the second boy.
Tara: Great. And how old are you, Tristin?
Tara: 12, and what grade are you in at school?
Tara: 7 and you’re finishing 7. And next year, do you go to the same school or a different school.
Tristin: Same school.
Tara: Same school, okay.
Pa: And, I’m Pa. It’s Patricia but nobody calls me that, so, I’m Pa, and I’m the other mom.
Tara: Great. And, finally, last but not least.
Ely: I’m Ely Lemon-Nurse. Uh, I’m the oldest son. Uh, I go to South and I’m just ending grade 9.
Tara: Excellent. So my question is, tell us a little bit about your family. Ah, how long have you been a family, how long have you lived here in London, and how do you like living in your village?
Pa: Ok so, (motioning to Zena) we’ve been a family for 20 years.
Pa: And we got illegally married 17 years ago and legally married 14 years ago—
Pa: because it wasn’t legal the first time. And, um, and then, we’ve been in this house for 17 years, since we got married--
Pa: and Zena had Ely, and it took a lot of tries but he’s nice (gently slaps Ely on the knee) so that’s good.
Tara: Worth waiting for.
Pa: Yeah! And, uh, and then, 2 and a half years later, I had Tristin. And we had the same donor. And we live in Wortley Village and it’s great village. It’s a wonderful village, not just to be a family but a gay family as well.
Zena: Which is why we actually, we actually chose to live here.
Zena: There was a group called “The Old South”—it was called GLOS: The Gays and Lesbians of Old South group that was started up and um, that used to kind of all meet. I forget—I think we met through our um, maybe through PRIDE or through a group while we were uh, dating, and, or having, trying to--
Pa: Dating, we were dating.
Zena: Yes. And so they would get together and what they had done is, they had done is a map of London to see where gay people lived, and most of them seemed to live in the village.
Tara: Tell us a little bit about the village. What do you think, Tristin?
Tristin: Um, I have quite a bit of friends here and they all live pretty close to me, so that’s good. Um, of course, I have Nathan, who also, he has gay parents so we can relate, I guess, on that and we’ve been best friends since I was born really. So yeah.
Tara: Fantastic. And Ely.
Ely: Ok, um, it’s amazing, the village. I really like it. Like Tristin, I have tons of friends who are close to me. Um, and yeah, Nathan’s brother is my best friend, so yeah. So me and him hang out all the time, it’s really, really fun. Uh, yeah, and my school is not that far from here, it’s like a 15-minute walk--
Tristin: which is fine. So, and then, yeah, and there’s tons of great sports around here, and like, swimming also. Like down there (points behind himself) there’s like a pool and a place to chill, like a park and stuff, so it’s pretty good.