It's So Gay, and It's Okay
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Jamie is so excited for the first day of school. As he puts on a pink shirt, he thinks about making new friends and learning new things. But when Jamie enters the classroom, everything suddenly changes. When a boy laughs at Jamie's pink shirt and calls him gay, Jamie is mortified. Still, he goes home without telling his parents, determined to never wear that shirt again. The next day, Jamie begins playing with a doll in the classroom. Soon, all the boys are laughing at him again. Jamie knows he should probably tell a teacher, but instead he decides not to play with dolls. Jamie just wants to fit in, but as he tries to change himself to be accepted, he grows more and more unhappy. How will Jamie handle the situation? Can he learn to accept himself and be happy? It's So Gay, and It's Okay is a children's tale that shares an important message: it is okay to be unique and different.
LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Gender nonconformity; gender roles; gender identity
mother and father
social acceptance in children; clothing; dolls; playing; bullying; fitting in; unhappiness; self-acceptance
Wong, Wallace, "It's So Gay, and It's Okay" (2014). Diverse Families. 347.