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What To Do When Your Kid Asks What Gay Means

 
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Mia Freedman From: Sunday Herald Sun December 09, 2012



The fact that The Gay Talk is a relatively new thing is wonderful because it means same-sex relationships are no longer underground - unlike during my own childhood when I didn't know any gay people.

In hindsight, of course I did. In fact, I was surrounded by them but in the '70s and '80s, the closet was much bigger and more oppressive so they were invisible to me.

There were no openly gay celebrities, no gay characters in TV shows or movies and no gay people in public life.

It's only decades later that I realised my most beloved primary school teacher was a lesbian, an older cousin was gay and one of my favourite aunts was a lesbian, although she hadn't told anyone yet, especially not her husband and kids.

So The Gay Talk never came up for me although I very clearly remember having The Sex Talk with my Mum when I was about seven years old.

She took a pre-emptive strike approach, talking me through the whole shebang in the hope that I'd have all the relevant information well before I needed it..........


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I'm a Libertarian Constitutionalist.

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Happy, it mean's happy. Merry and gay. Associate it with Christmas.
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Happy, it mean's happy. Merry and gay. Associate it with Christmas.
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or a female's name. could be a man's, too, I guess. Gaylord.
I'm a Libertarian Constitutionalist.

I don't give a shit what you do with your own life, whether you make it a success or a failure, that is an outcome of the choices you make, but please take responsibility for yourself and don't make ME pay for YOUR choices and we're all good.

Repeal the 17th Amendment and the Apportionment Act of 1911!

Thread: First steps down the road to a return to the Constitutional Republic that we were intended to be.

Restore the Republic.

It's a flower, not something to be feared.

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continued


Which brings me back to The Gay Talk. I've been reading a bit about it lately and when I decided to write this column, I immediately felt smug about my excellent sources.

My son's best friend has two dads. My daughter's classmate has two mums and two dads. My four-year-old's pre-school teacher is gay. So one after another, I bowled up to them and asked for their brilliant insights into The Gay Talk.

One after another, they cocked their heads and blinked at me, puzzled. "Um ... oh ... well ... you know ..."

"I've never had to have that conversation," all the parents said eventually, as if I'd asked them to explain how to breathe.

My son's pre-school teacher was more direct: "It's a mistake to talk to kids about things when they're not actually interested. At pre-school, it never comes up. We have the rainbow flag pinned up on the noticeboard next to the indigenous flag to signify that we embrace everyone and that's enough."

Right. OK. Point taken. To many kids, including my own, having gay parents is as unremarkable as being adopted or being an only child. Gay people are embedded into their world to the point where The Gay Talk is kind of redundant.

But not every child has that kind of immersive experience. What if they DO ask questions?

On his blog, Adventures of a Gay Superdad, Jerry Mahony recently wrote a funny, helpful post about how to explain The Gay to The Kids.

Among his tips, he suggests:

USE the word "gay".



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"Well you see, son, there are these wicked people called "liberals" that are out to destroy all that is right and good on the earth. The fact that we even have to have this talk is an indication of how deep the rot has spread. As for gays themselves, the correct term is "faggots," but you shouldn't worry about all that for a few more years. Just focus on identifying liberals and communists, and ignoring the poison they try to put in your head, at least to begin with."
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A gay person is someone who goes out with/dates someone of the same sex.

Depending on the age of the child, that is all you have to say.
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A gay person is someone who goes out with/dates someone of the same sex.

Depending on the age of the child, that is all you have to say.
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Yep. That's exactly what I said.
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show them a picture of a biker on a harley
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Happy, it mean's happy. Merry and gay. Associate it with Christmas.
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iam glad there is some people still around knowing that gay means happy ,,it wasnt till the liberals decided to use the term gay for homosexuals just in the 1990s ,you never heard the word gay for homosexuals until then,at least i can never recall hearing it ...............Gay means Happy
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show them a picture of a biker on a harley
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Tell them the correct term is homosexual, and it's a sin that is a perversion of God's best design. And tell them to hate the sin but not the sinner.

"Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleaness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves:

Who changed the truth of God into a lie and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever.

For this reason God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; mem with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet."
Romans 1:24-27

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I make them smoke DMT. Problem solved.
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Mine never asked. When I was asked about babies and bottoms and "do we have to marry? Couldn't we just marry you?" I always explained that no one has to marry but most people prefer to, almost no one wants to marry his mom, and some people fall in love with and pair off with people of their own sex.

At that age, even het little boys find the idea of marrying a boy somewhat preferable to marrying a girl. I wonder if its the opposite with gay little boys?

Homophobia harms everyone. Children get shamed out of their natural love for "best friends" and shoved into opposite sex "going together". In my day to be "gay or lezzie" meant really abnormal and immature. I didn't get it directed at me, but I can still cry at the emotional violence that attitude did to little kids, of any orientation.
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show them a picture of a biker on a harley
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That's a lesbian. What do you show them for gay? A cleanshaven biker on a harley?
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Which brings me back to The Gay Talk. I've been reading a bit about it lately and when I decided to write this column, I immediately felt smug about my excellent sources.

My son's best friend has two dads. My daughter's classmate has two mums and two dads. My four-year-old's pre-school teacher is gay. So one after another, I bowled up to them and asked for their brilliant insights into The Gay Talk.

One after another, they cocked their heads and blinked at me, puzzled. "Um ... oh ... well ... you know ..."

"I've never had to have that conversation," all the parents said eventually, as if I'd asked them to explain how to breathe.

My son's pre-school teacher was more direct: "It's a mistake to talk to kids about things when they're not actually interested. At pre-school, it never comes up. We have the rainbow flag pinned up on the noticeboard next to the indigenous flag to signify that we embrace everyone and that's enough."

Right. OK. Point taken. To many kids, including my own, having gay parents is as unremarkable as being adopted or being an only child. Gay people are embedded into their world to the point where The Gay Talk is kind of redundant.

But not every child has that kind of immersive experience. What if they DO ask questions?

On his blog, Adventures of a Gay Superdad, Jerry Mahony recently wrote a funny, helpful post about how to explain The Gay to The Kids.

Among his tips, he suggests:

USE the word "gay".

YOU don't have to pretend half the world is gay (having two dads or two mums is less common than having one of each - just avoid words with value judgments attached like "abnormal" or "strange").

GET your mind out of the gutter (no need to talk about sex - like being straight, being gay is not just who you sleep with, it's who you love).

IF your kid does ask you to speculate, you can tell them they'll "probably" be straight (statistically that's true).

REMEMBER the magic phrase, "Everyone ends up with the right parents for them".

And there's nothing remotely awkward about that.......


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The Point is everyone is born of a MALE and FEMALE.

Everyone has genetic make-up from there Mother and Father

Everyone has a history and a ancestry from there Mother and Father

Everyone has a race and a nationality from a Mother and Father

Everyone has extended biologically connected members of there family because of there Mother and Father

Everychild learns the natural order of family and birds and bees from the relationship of a Male and Female...

This is natural and GOD given...
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My 7 year old asked this same question a few weeks ago. If they ask the question it means they are ready for the answer. I told him its when boys date boys and girls date girls.

He thought for a couple seconds and said 'that's wrong', and went about his business. End of story.
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Marvin Gay?...he's one of my favorite MOTOWN singers...now you made me want to listen to him on the net while I look at all the other shit available on the net.
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I would explain that being homosexual meant that you liked the same sex and then I would explain that hetero meant you like the opposite sex.
I would then say that it is up to each individual to decide what is right for them and to take their time in figuring out which they were.
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I would explain that being homosexual meant that you liked the same sex and then I would explain that hetero meant you like the opposite sex.
I would then say that it is up to each individual to decide what is right for them and to take their time in figuring out which they were.
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tell them.

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Happy, it mean's happy. Merry and gay. Associate it with Christmas.
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I never needed to explain, because I have always had gay friends in my circle as my kids were growing up.

The result? Kids who are openminded and caring, and the whole sexuality thing is not even an issue.

:PCZebra:
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Tell them there is a natural order in this world and that this order is created by God and perfect. Then tell them the story of soddom and gommorah and how God destroyed two cities full of gay people who had chosen the unnatural way thereby sinning against each other and against God. Then tell them that God sent all those gay people screaming into a place called hell where their wicked flesh will burn and evil demons will torment them for eternity.

This should do the trick................GL



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Have gay sex in front of them. Tell them it's normal because it's a lifestyle choice.
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You have to have a holistic view and also include group sex, incest and beastiality when having that talk since they are all moral equals. Don't forget blumpkins either just for good measure
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Tell them the correct term is homosexual, and it's a sin that is a perversion of God's best design. And tell them to hate the sin but not the sinner.

"Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleaness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves:

Who changed the truth of God into a lie and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever.

For this reason God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; mem with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet."
Romans 1:24-27

 Quoting: Morganite


Um... No. According to God you are to hate the sin, and kill the sinners!


"If a man lies with a male, as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them."


Leviticus 20 Verse 13

Read the whole law, not just the parts that are "politically correct".

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Have gay sex in front of them. Tell them it's normal because it's a lifestyle choice.
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Stupid! How old are you?
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I'll tell my kids it means filthy fag.
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Tell them the correct term is homosexual, and it's a sin that is a perversion of God's best design. And tell them to hate the sin but not the sinner.

"Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleaness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves:

Who changed the truth of God into a lie and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever.

For this reason God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; mem with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet."
Romans 1:24-27

 Quoting: Morganite


Um... No. According to God you are to hate the sin, and kill the sinners!


"If a man lies with a male, as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them."


Leviticus 20 Verse 13

Read the whole law, not just the parts that are "politically correct".

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