chapter  Letter 15
Mother’s Day and Father’s Day
WithTara Goldstein, benjamin lee hicks, Jenny Salisbury, Pam Baer
Pages 4

In this chapter, the author discusses some of the stories lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) families have shared about their experiences at school. She begins with what families told us about Mother's Day and Father's Day. Celebrating Mother's Day and Father's Day is an important part of elementary school curriculum in Ontario. Several parents talked to us about what happened when teachers had their children make Mother's Day and Father's Day cards and presents. Shelby (a pseudonym), whose children have two moms, tells us the story below. Shelby and her partner both identify as White and lesbian. While Shelby's son went along with this option until Grade 5, in Grade 6 it no longer felt right and he decided not to make any cards on Father's Day but instead to make two cards for Mother's Day. Instead, they chose to make Mother's Day cards for their mothers and make two Father's Day cards for their dads.