In this Teaching Note, I reflect on my experience with a parent's homophobia around her son's choice to read a book featuring LGBTQ+ characters. I contemplate my responses--or lack thereof--and, while considering various theories of gender, sexuality, and activism, I consider how else I might have responded to protect the student while promoting possible futures for him. Supporting students is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor but always requires thought and care.
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