In a recent Reddit post, a user found herself torn between her commitment to supporting the LGBTQ community and protecting her son from bullying.
They Always Supported the LGBTQ Community
Emma, a heterosexual woman married to a bisexual man, shared her story of attending a pride parade with her family despite her son’s fears.
Emma and her husband had been actively involved in the LGBTQ community before the birth of their son.
They Used to Attend Pride Events
Attending pride events had been a regular occurrence for them. However, their participation in these events diminished as life got busier with a growing family.
They Decided to Go to Pride Parades Again
With recent anti-LGBTQ sentiment on the rise, Emma and her husband felt compelled to show their support by attending a pride parade once again.
Their Son Didn’t Want To
However, their twelve-year-old son was not as enthusiastic about the idea.
He Had Experienced Bullying
Having experienced bullying throughout the school year, he was afraid that his bullies would discover his father’s sexual orientation and use it as another reason to target him.
She Assured Him
Emma tried to reassure him, explaining that the bullies would unlikely find out, especially during the summer break.
She Told Him Things Would Change
She hoped that the bullies might change schools, grow up, or move on to other things once the new academic year began.
She Explained the Importance of Showing Support for the LGBTQ Community
Despite their son’s pleas to avoid the parade, Emma and her husband emphasized the importance of standing united as a family and showing support for the LGBTQ community.
The Son Agreed
Eventually, their son reluctantly agreed to attend.
He Enjoyed the Parade
Surprisingly, he ended up enjoying the experience, and Emma thought that would be the end of the matter.
Things Took a Turn
However, during a visit to the park on the 4th of July, Emma encountered her husband’s co-worker, whose daughter attended the same school as their son.
Although the co-worker’s daughter was not involved in the bullying, she recognized Emma and her family at the pride parade.
Her Husband Shared Pictures
Curiosity piqued, the co-worker inquired about the event, prompting Emma’s husband to confirm their attendance and share some pictures.
Her Son Was Scared
This unexpected encounter left Emma’s son in a state of panic.
He feared that the co-worker’s daughter would inform his bullies about their presence at the pride parade.
He Wanted to Change Schools
Consumed by anxiety, he now insisted on changing schools, believing it to be the only solution. Emma, however, found herself grappling with this decision.
She Didn’t Want Him to Change Schools
On the one hand, the school boasted a high rating, and Emma had already taken action by reporting the bullying to the principal.
The bullies had received suspensions, and her son’s schedule had been altered to minimize their contact.
She Understood Her Son’s Reasons
Yet, Emma understood the limitations of the school’s ability to monitor bullying during other times, such as in the hallways or during lunch.
Her Son Was Hurt
Emma’s son felt that her reluctance to change schools indicated a lack of support and care.
He believed his mother must hate him if she was unwilling to take this drastic step to protect him from further bullying.
It Wasn’t Wrong to Take Him to the Parade
Emma found herself torn in the situation. She took to Reddit to ask whether she was in the wrong for what happened and several Redditors said that she was wrong for taking her son to the parade.
Support Your Child In Their Way
One Reddit user wrote, “I’m all for pride and think it’s great that you and your husband support the community. Your child did not want to express support in this way.”
Another Redditor commented, “Your child is terrified of something. Is it really more important to do family pride over getting to the bottom of your child’s obvious fears and discomfort? I think you’re missing the forest for the trees here.”
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