I have been a childcare professional for almost six years and been a parent for ten.
Whenever someone says that children are too young to learn about ‘gay’ stuff, I practically die laughing because, ladies and gents:
I have seen small children do WAY more stereotypically ‘gay’ stuff than straight without a care in the bloody world.
I have seen little boys happily put on dresses, kiss each other, hug, take care of babies, expertly put a nappy on a doll and be completely unafraid to cry when they’re hurt.
I saw two little boys being Dads and when one of them asked me ‘Can you ask one of the girls to be the Mummy?’ I replied ‘Well, some houses have two Dads, why don’t you guys have two Dads?’ and THEY SHRUGGED, NODDED AND WENT OFF TO PLAY TWO DADS.
I have seen little girls declare loudly they will marry their best friend, marry two dollies together, play house with two mums, build aeroplanes out of lego, get angry and love dinosaurs.
Why? Because they don’t give a shit what you think and they haven’t been told any of this is ‘wrong’. Maybe none of these children are gay, but the fact that they think- KNOW- that this stuff is just stuff and any basis in gender or sexual preference is completely arbitrary, is so important and it gives me so much hope.
Also, I asked my daughter if she wanted to marry a boy or a girl, she said girl.
Because it’s an option. So there.