ERIC Number: EJ1182206
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jun
Why Is There a Gay Pride Flag on My 9-Year-Old's Backpack?
Sedillo, Paul James
Parenting for High Potential, v7 n2 p2-4, 23 Jun 2018
Gifted children are often empathetic, morally sensitive, and feel a responsibility toward others. As they become aware of the injustices in their surrounding communities, they may embark on a quest for justice for individuals who are oppressed, marginalized, or misunderstood. With Gay Pride Month in June bringing increased visibility and awareness to the issues affecting the GLBTQQ+ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and others) community, the justice-focused gifted child or adolescent may gravitate to events and groups that support gay rights. This article helps parents empower and educate the gifted child who now has a Pride flag in their backpack or who plans to attend the Annual Gay Pride Festival. The article describes how parents can support their child when he or she signs up for a lesbian poetry reading at a local bookstore, or when he or she helps design a float for a local Alternative Sexual Expressions group fot the Gay Pride Parade.
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, Social Justice, Empathy, Parent Role, Student Interests, Moral Values, Student Empowerment, Role Models, Consciousness Raising, School Culture
National Association for Gifted Children. 1331 H Street NW Suite 1001, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-785-4268; Fax: 202-785-4248; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.nagc.org/php.aspx
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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