Children are not born homophobic, and it is our job as adults to make sure they’re learning the right things.
That’s why children books are so important. It gives them knowledge and insight about the world in a wonderful and appropriate way.
So how better to demonstrate this than showing a kid a LGBTI children’s book for the first time?
Learning about LGBTI issues at a young age
Lily is five years old. She’s already got a big rainbow family with two older siblings coming out in recent years.
Her sister, Charlie, is bi and her brother, Benny, is trans.
We showed her And Tango Makes Three, one of the most famous LGBTI children’s books ever made.
And Tango Makes Three
Written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson and illustrated by Henry Cole, the book is based on a true story.
It tells the tale of Roy and Silo, two male penguins kept in New York’s Central Park Zoo, and their wish to father a baby.
With the help of a zookeeper, they are able to welcome their own little penguin chick named Tango into the world.
While some adults may have reacted to the 2005 book with censorship and hatred, little Lily loved the book.
‘It’s giving kids the opportunity to see there is difference out there’
You have to see how she reacted to gay couples in the story – to her it’s the most normal thing in the world.
‘She’s quite blasé to everything!’ mum Sarah, who reads And Tango Makes Three to Lily, says.
‘I wish they’d do more on bisexual and transgender to help explain it to younger children who are going through that change, and to help explain it a bit more.’
Sarah added: ‘It’s giving kids and young children the opportunity to see there is difference out there.’
WATCH: Kid reacts to reading LGBTI children’s book for the first time
And Tango Makes Three is published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.