"Homophobia is not permanent."
By
Stephanie Marie Anderson

17 Oct 2016 - 1:04 PM  UPDATED 17 Oct 2016 - 1:22 PM

A new video from YouTube channel Queer Kid Stuff is getting a lot of attention for talking to kids about homophobia in a way that they can understand.

Lindsay Amer and her teddybear co-host, Teddy, tackle the subject by first setting up a safe space, telling kids watching that they can pause the video any time they want to talk to a friend or adult about the topics being discussed.

"Today we have to talk about something kind of serious," begins Lindsay. "Is that okay?" she asks Teddy. Teddy agrees, and they get into the topic of the day, as Lindsay explains that there are people in the world who are "scared of things that are different".

"That doesn't mean we should change who we are," she continues, "but it can make things difficult".

"People who do not like things that are different can be mean to other people," she says, adding: "Being mean to someone because they're different is unfair, and it can be very unhelpful. If you see someone being mean to someone else you should go and tell a grown up.”

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Lindsay and Teddy then discuss the role homophobia played in the fight for marriage equality in the United States, and then talk about how kids should "always go and tell a grown up" if they see someone being mean to someone else.

"Even though people are afraid of what they don't understand, they can always change," concludes Lindsay. "Homophobia is not permanent."

Speaking to The Huffington Post, Lindsay said that the video marked a "tonal shift" from her previous videos, as she wrote it partially as a response to the Pulse nightclub massacre.

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“As much as I would love to stay in the happy queer utopia of love and acceptance, that is not the reality of our world," she said. "I hope this video will help those who do not have the words to talk to the little ones around them about what happened in Orlando, and what might be happening to them in their schools. My hope is that by creating these videos and continuing to educate young people on LGBTQ+ issues, there will come a time when this video is a relic that is no longer necessary.”

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