When Your 4th Grade Son Is Called “Gay”

“I naively thought if we loved him enough, and showed him how accepting we were, it would be enough. I’m learning it’s not.”

Martie Sirois
Jun 18, 2016 · 15 min read

I guess it was the inevitable happening, but I was hoping it wouldn’t be — at least not yet. Early in his fourth grade year of elementary school, my delicate, sensitive son ate from the tree of knowledge. As he sat at the lunch table, joking and talking with a friend, a group of boys I’d come to know as the “popular jocks” of elementary school leaned in to…