S&F firstly.. ( been ages since I wrote that)
Now most people know me here, gay married, 4 kids.
I never ever, ever, needed to teach my kids about homosexuals or straight kids. Actually my oldest daughter once asked me why she didn't have a mom.
She was about 10 at the time.
This freaked me out..I didn't have an answer, so I told her to go ask her father.
So she did, and neither did he. We suggested she look around and try to come up with her own response and we would discuss it at family night.
Family night comes around and we sit there, nervously, thinking we've ruined this child's understanding of the family.
When asked what she'd come up with she said " Well there are all kinds of families, just dad, jsut mom, mom and dad, two dads and two moms, so we just
aren't a tradional family." " Having a mommy would probably be annoying, aunt Sheila and both Grammy and Grandma are bossy."
Moral of the story? Kids learn these things for themselves and only when you actually see or hear them expousing some kind of backwards ideology do
you sit down and try and make them understand why they are wrong.
By not making a big deal out of it, our child learnt and made a decision for herself.
As for the movie, I didn't see it, but it seems from your description they didn't "type" cast the gay character if you were so surprised at the end,
which is good. Shows those kids that anybody can be anything and you have to learn to deal with it.
edit on 8/18/2012 by tothetenthpower because: (no reason given)