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How to Support Diverse Families this Holiday Weekend

by HRC staff June 30, 2016

Post submitted by Charles Girard, Coordinator, HRC Welcoming Schools

This weekend, people across the country will gather with friends and family at barbecues and picnics to celebrate the Fourth of July.

As with any social gathering, children will likely encounter families that look different from theirs. This  may bring up questions such as:

“Why does he have two moms?”

“How come his dad is white but his mom is Asian?”

“How come her skin color is different than her parents’?”

How would you answer these questions? HRC’s Welcoming Schools resource ,“Yes, They Are A Family!” provides answers to these questions and many more. The guide offers sample responses to real-life questions, inquiries and statements about diverse families.

Do the young people in your life have other questions about diversity and LGBTQ people? The Welcoming Schools’ website has plenty of resources to help you answer all kinds of questions like:

“Why does he wear dresses?”

“Can two men get married”

“Why is her hair short? She looks like a boy!”

For all of that and more, check out

HRC Welcoming Schools is a comprehensive approach to creating respectful and supportive elementary schools with resources and professional development to embrace family diversity, create LGBTQ-inclusive schools, prevent bias-based bullying and gender stereotyping, and support transgender and gender-expansive students.

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