That was about the time it became clearer that Jacob was different. By eighth grade, he wore eyeliner to school sometimes and would dye his hair bright blue or pink. He was out of the closet that school year.
In my day, at 12 years old kids called each other homo or fag without really knowing the meaning. It was just an insult. Now we’ve got kids declaring themselves gay and pre-teens have to deal with another level of political correctness. Saying he’s out of the closet is pretty much saying that he has been involved some sort of gay sexual activity. I don’t think this kid deserves to be bullied for what he is; but the acknowledgement by society that this kid is gay, it is acceptable at 13, and he has defensible rights to be openly gay in school is a sad, sick statement on where we are heading.
In second grade (1977-78) I moved to a new town and so transferred from a Catholic school to an experimental public school. During the first week, a big black girl stepped up and called me a faggot. I said, “What’s a faggot?” And this guy David Fox explained that it was someone who was greasy and had green freckles.
Also, new poster: it’s now going to be open season on you here, permanently. No way back.
You say that like it isn’t already policy to ‘denounce anything which undermines such family structure’ such as ‘drug use, premarital sex, violence or gay and lesbian behavior or the support of such activities’ in some public schools.