If we want boys and girls to see each other as equals rather than potential hookups, mixed gender sleepovers at a young age may set a good example.
Instilling a sense of pride in our children is a responsibility many parents work to fulfill. For our family that includes our kids being proud of their queer trans papa and queer cis mama.
Not long after I realized how much I enjoyed being called “Husband,” I realized it didn’t actually happen that often. He would often introduce me by saying, “This is my partner, Seth.”
Kids like to sort things into simple catagories. We humans, though common in many ways, are diverse, complex and challenging, and cannot be easily labeled.
As an open LGBTQ parent, it’s obvious I’m different as an individual than my heterosexual counterparts, but those differences are just a mere portion of who I am as a person.
As I continue learning how to be visibly comfortable with my sexual orientation, my daughter is in the process of finding her own.