Passing a sign about Amendment 2,
"That's ridiculous to hang that sign."
"They're trying to influence people Mary. I'm glad they can't influence you."
"No way. I'm gay and I'm staying gay."
I didn't know how to respond. I really wanted to laugh at the absurdity of it all. I was also aware, however, that this might be a monumental turning point in our family history, and I wanted to remain respectful to my daughter. I didn't laugh.
I replied, "Do you know what gay means?"
"Sure. It's when you like boys."
"Well, really it's when a boy likes another boy."
"No mom. Boys like boys. That's called gay. Girls like boys, that's called gay too. Anyone who likes a girl is a lesbian."
Still maintaining my composure, I let her continue.
"If a girl likes another girl, that's a lesbian. When a boy likes a girl, he's a lesbian too."
"Well, really sweetie," I replied, "when a boy likes a boy or a girl likes a girl, that's called homosexual. When a boy likes a girl or when a girl likes a boy, that's called heterosexual. The words you're using are slang. So, the slang word for a girl liking a boy is called straight."
"I know that Mom. That's why I'm a straight gay."
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