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ERIC Number: ED448390
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Mommy, Do You Think I'm Gay? When Children Ask Questions.
Marcus, Eric
This paper presents personal thoughts about addressing a seventh-grade civics class on the gay civil rights movement, a subject generally considered an adult issue. The situation manifests the dilemma as to whether talking to young adolescents about gay issues is in fact recruiting them, or planting dangerous thoughts in their minds. In investigating whether to write a book for children about gays, the author encountered many preconceived ideas in young people that pointed to the need to have honest conversations on the topic. He suggests that until the day comes when gay and lesbian people and issues are talked about in elementary and middle schools as a matter of course, the silence and secrecy surrounding gays may allow another generation of young people to grow up either hating gays or hating themselves. The paper questions whether taking a direct and open approach will free the next generation of students from that burden of hate. (JDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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