Gulliver and Emmet meet a friend from class and her family at the library. Abby has two Dads, and Emmet has lots of questions. He learns families come in all shapes and sizes – always have, always will.

How to start a conversation

Watch this videos first, then watch it together. The goal is help you create a safe space for respectful curiosity, acceptance and understanding.

Same sex marriage

  • The International Year of the Family, was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1994, recognizing the diverse forms and functions, addressing the needs of all families.
  • Canada became the 4th country in the world to permit same sex marriage in 2005.
  • There are many different kinds of families. What they look like isn’t important- how they love and support each other is.
  • Like many heterosexual couples, 2SLGBTQ+ couples are committed to stable, long lasting relationships.
  • Children of 2SLGBTQ+ are just as healthy and well-adjusted as children from heterosexual marriages- its been scientifically proven.
  • Parenting does not affect a child’s sexual orientation or gender identity. This applies to children growing up in a heterosexual and 2SLGBTQ+ households.
  • There are all types of relationships in the 2SLGBTQ+ community, similar to relationships in the heterosexual community. Roles are based on skills, preference and personality strengths, not necessarily on gender.
  • Took out same sex are great examples of how relations …
  • 2SLGBTQ+ families can feel excluded or isolated if community institutions don’t take their family dynamic into consideration. Everyone wants to be part of a supportive and accepting community.

 Starting a conversation around same sex marriage

  • Keep it simple and age appropriate. Talking about love and respect is always a good starting point.
  • Let them lead the conversation – answer their questions honestly.
  • Remember all families look different – what they look like isn’t the important part.
  • Make it about relationships, not a social issue.
  • Example are great, if you already know a 2SLGBTQ+ family.
  • Make your home a house of acceptance- everyone is welcome.
  • Books are a good way to start a conversation:
    • All Families are Special -Norma Simon
    • All kinds of Families -Mary Ann Hoberman

To listen to some great stories about different types of families,
check out the Rainbow Optimist “Drag Storytime”: