I hope my intro didn’t sound inflammatory. The reason I ask is that the daughter of an aquaintance of mine (13 yrs old) seems unnaturally obsessed with homosexuality. Constantly making statements that show she is clearly uncomfortable with gays and finds them to be somewhat less than human. I think she picks this up partly from her parents, who I don’t think are dangerous to the point of encouraging her to harm anyone, but who have anti-gay sentiments of their own and will crack jokes and make snide comments around her.
My question to the gay community on this board is when did they first experience prejudice against their sexual orientation, and did they notice any increase in the threat from the same people as they got older? Do you think this kid is going through a Jr. High “mean kid” phase, or does it just get worse? I try to steer her toward a more honest, caring point of view, but she almost seems to not hear me at this point.