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The LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender) lifestyle and culture is on the road to normalcy in this country, which means parents should prepare themselves to do some explaining. With Disney’s The Suite Life on Deck including stereotypical, effeminate male characters and advocacy groups pressuring Nickelodeon to feature openly gay characters, it is something we have to choice but to address.
I remember being in the checkout line of the grocery store with my son, who was about 18 months at the time. There was a lady in front of me with her son, who appeared to be around four years old. In front of her, there was a man in a lavender woman’s blouse and fitted jeans. As we stood there waiting, I could see the little boy was a bit taken by the young man dressed in women’s clothing. After two minutes of careful observance, with his head curiously titled, he asked his mother, “Why is that man dressed like a girl?”
Oh, the benevolence of kiddie candor. I was tickled by his innocence.
His mother, on the other hand, was speechless—and mortified. She tugged at the boy’s arm and silently signaled him to hush. I thought to myself, I wouldn’t know what to say either. It was at that moment that I began mentally preparing myself for the day my son was old enough to ask similar questions.
What would I say when he asked why the man in front of us was wearing a dress? What would I say when he questioned why some of his classmates had two moms or two dads?