when I was in ehh fourth or third grade I was kissed by a girl on the cheek. I would later learn that that was how her family greeted each other. but anyway I freaked out and told the teacher because I had heard somewhere that girls can’t kiss girls. but was we were sitting there in the office waiting to speak to the principle I could help thinking why it was wrong. when I looked over at my friend she had such a sad face because she didn’t understand why I freaked and it hit me. maybe she wasn’t wrong and I was just being weird. I snuck over to her and asked for her apology which she gladly gave me and so when the Principe came out I just said it was a misunderstanding. we then went out to recess and played four square.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but that is where I would like to think I made the discussion to not judge others. All I knew at the time was that my friend was sad that I was angry at her for kissing me. which in turn made me sad. it didn’t matter that girls weren’t allowed to kiss other girls what mattered is that she was sad. people don’t get sad like that unless they didn’t know they were doing something wrong. anyway, lets just say I became really chill around anyone whose different (culturally, sexually, personally) because of that.
p.s. I actually remember her name and what she looked like. she had freckles and short curly brown hair and a wide smile (she may have been Italian-Hawaiian) her name was Chase.
p.s.s this was in Washington state