My thirteen-year-old niece Bella, who’d recently come out of the closet, told me the following joke: “Why do lesbians travel faster than gay men? Because lesbians can go lickety-split, while gay men are still packing their shit.” Okay, I laughed. Her mother—my sister Kim—had overheard the joke, however, resulting in a scene between them. Kim should pay less attention to Bella’s jokes and more to Bella’s diet; no matter your sexual orientation, you can’t succeed if you’re literally weighted down. Kim should pay more attention to her own diet, too, so she can set a good example for her daughter. That’s good parenting.
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