Draw the circle wider to include all

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, February 09, 2005

I was glad to see the Empire's coverage of the recent controversy over the PBS children's show, "Postcards from Buster." What I would really prefer is that a television episode in which lesbian parents are included in the tour wouldn't be newsworthy. I would prefer that the idea of same-sex couples and parents be so interwoven into the fabric of our community that no one would particularly care if Sammy's or Sandra's parents at the PTO meeting are both male or both female.

But we don't live in that world yet. And children are still called "fag" in our elementary schools, middle, and high schools. Not because they are or because their parents are, but because that is the pejorative many children and young people use when looking for the ultimate put-down. It seems similar to calling someone a "retard" when I was in school in the '60s and '70s. Kids don't generally use that term anymore. Why? Perhaps because Buster visited those households and drew the circle large enough to include them.

Carol Prentice

Juneau



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