First off, I think I have to call BS on the Village Voice's cover story on gay toddlers: it's horribly written, full of unnecessarily incendiary mock-shock that is an insult to the paper's supposedly progressive and aware heritage. You'd almost think it had been bought by a bunch of alt-niche marketing suits from the provinces. [D'oh!]
From the start, where a dad calls PFLAG--who doesn't return his call!--because his 3-yo son has a Barbie doll, the only thing murkier than the relevance of "sexual identity" to discussion of a preschooler is any sense of what, if anything, the level-headed parents of a kid with even the slightest gender atypical behavior is supposed to do.
[In case you don't read the article, the short answer seems to be, "nothing really, just be supportive, make sure they know they're loved and that everyone's unique/different in life."]
The Voice makes a huge deal about the squeamish silence of the Gay Community on the issue of gay kids, or kids who will eventually grow up to be gay. Frankly, I'd rather have heard more about the childhood memories and experiences, good and bad, of gay people, especially gay parents, who have experience playing for both teams [parent and kid, of course, what did you think I meant?]
After all, every gay today is somebody's son or daughter. And for that matter, every TG today is somebody's son and daughter, but that's a separate issue.
Oh yeah, the leather baby cover photo by David Yellen: WTF??
Queer In The Crib [villagevoice]
You know it's bad when the Gawker comments sound more reasonable [gawker]