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This is also an excellent opportunity to discuss bullying and how it affects LGBT kids. Remind them that using expressions like “That’s so gay!” or “You’re so gay!” as an insult is a form of bullying and can be extremely hurtful to their peers. As ridiculous as it sounds to find  a teachable moment for kids in anything the Kardashians do, Bruce Jenner’s very public journey as he transitions to being a woman is actually an excellent jumping off point for explaining what transgender means. Let your kids know that you are open to any questions they may have.

Finally, take advantage of the many amazing resources for kids, teachers and parents. The Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Network “is a next-generation LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains queer, trans and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools and healthier communities.” The Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and PFLAG are both great organization aimed at educating, uniting and empowering kids.

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