LGBTQ+, Curriculum, Diverse Families, Queer History, Rainbow Pride Day
Tara: Do you remember having books in schools that talked about families like yours or was that not part of the curriculum? We’re finding that folks having LGBTQ curriculum are far and few between. Yeah.
Pa: Yeah. (to boys) Did they talk about it in—?
Tristin: We had Rainbow Pride Day, like--
Pa: You had a Rainbow Pride Day a couple days ago--
Tara: Oh, tell us about that, yeah.
Tristin: Well, they just told us what LGBTQ plus means--
Tara: Yeah. Good.
Tristin: I’m pretty sure I said that right! (smiling)
Tara: Yeah, you did!
Zena: That’s cool.
Pa: Pretty close, yeah!
Tristin: Yeah! So yeah. Um, they taught us like, what it stands for. And then, I already knew most of what they were talking about but, um, just for some of the others, because they were like, explaining all these different types, because there’s a bunch, it’s not just lesbian, gay, trans--
Tristin: there’s bi, and there’s bi-gender and all that stuff.
Tristin: So, um, they were like talking about all that and I pretty much knew what it all meant, but--
Tara: You’re ahead of the game.
Tara: But, um, no stories about queer families?--
Tristin: (to Pa) What does that mean?
Tara: No history about queer families?
Pa: (to Tristin) Do they talk about gay families or queer families at—or just defined what the, what those L-G-B-T—?
Tristin: They just defined it.
Tristin: Because it was like a grade 6 class that was running it.
Tristin: um, a bunch of like, just kids that they didn’t even really know what they were talking about, they just really wanted to do it.
Ely: Ok. Well, now in school in my family studies class, we’re learning about different types of families and I had a quiz about it and, yeah.
Pa: (whispers to Ely) Did you pass?
Ely: (looks at Tara) Yes, I did. (laughter) Yeah, so yeah, there’s different types of families, like, um, a nucleus family, a nucleus, a nucleus family, it’s like a mom, a dad and two kids-
Ely: that’s like a (air quotes) normal family or something like that they said. (Pa and Tristin both do air quotes at the same time) Well, not, norm, normal—
Pa: Good job doing that. (air quotes) No, that’s good. (00:45)
Ely: So, yeah, and then there’s like gay, and single parent, and newly-married and others and stuff like that so, yeah, we’ve been talking about stuff like that and people are fully aware of the different types of family, like gay and stuff like that. So, um, yeah, and, and I think people are more aware of it in high school than they are in public school--