My son is gay « Nerdy Apple Bottom

My son is gay « Nerdy Apple Bottom.

An interesting read. How many parents would be this accepting of their son being “different”? Especially the “Christian” ones?

UPDATE: Please note, this isn’t my son. This post is merely a me saying I support this woman. While I love that the people who have commented are supportive of this woman, I want her to read your support.

If you want to tell her directly what you think of what she did, go here to the original post:
http://nerdyapplebottom.com/2010/11/02/my-son-is-gay/

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4 thoughts on “My son is gay « Nerdy Apple Bottom

  1. Excellent writing… Thank you for sharing your experience with your son. I live in a very conservative midwest town that would have likely had Mom’s ABC… and D-Z who would have tossed in their personal judgment like you experienced. Hats off to your son for putting his love for life to supersede the ignorance of others (I am sure he didn’t quite think it through that way… but good job Mom!)

  2. Laura, you are not alone. My son is 6. His favorite color is pink — or at least it was until kindergarten, when I think he figured out that it wasn’t cool for a boy to like pink. Now he says it’s red. He takes ballet and tap dancing classes and is a natural — but I think he’s learned not to share that fact with his friends. Yes, I sometimes “worry” that he is gay — not because I care, but because that can be such a difficult life — but if he is, do I actually think I could stop that by not allowing him to dress up in sparkly shoes? And who says he is? He is SIX. Yes, he picks the Disney princess stickers at the doctor’s office, but he also loves baseball and football. Little kids don’t make such a distinction between girl stuff and boy stuff.

    That said, I do feel like as a parent I need to help protect him from the teasing that we know is out there. This year, my son wanted to be a witch for Halloween. I felt it was my duty to explain to him that witches are like waitresses — they are ALWAYS female. I told him that it’s Halloween, and if he wants to dress up like a witch, that is FINE. Boys do sometimes dress as girls for Halloween. But I just wanted him to know, because I can tell he’s become sensitive about people teasing him about girly things that he likes. He decided to be a ghost instead.

    • “His favorite color is pink — or at least it was until kindergarten, when I think he figured out that it wasn’t cool for a boy to like pink. ”

      Prior to the first world war, in the UK, boys wore pink and girls wore blue. Pink was seen as vibrant and dynamic. Blue as placid. There was obviously deep sexism back then (and since) but it demonstrates how variable society’s use of colour is.

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