Hobbies: basketball, street dance, graffiti art, Joelly D the popstar,karaoke
Lee’s commitment to Karmel as a best friend is undeniable. But when she discovers that Karmel is keeping the fact that she’s a lesbian secret, she feels hurt and abandoned. Her own non-conformity also creates conflict with her brothers, who would like her to dress and look more like they would expect a girl to.
At Key Stage 3 students should be learning about “different and shared needs, abilities and membership of groups” and recognise that “culture, including the language, ideas, customs and traditions practised by people within a group, also forms part of identity”.
Lee’s story focuses on themes of gender stereotyping and friendship. Use Lee’s story in PSHE and Citizenship classes to discuss the following questions:
- Why do people think Lee is a lesbian?
- Is Lee a stereotypical girl? What kind of “girl” do we see her as?
- What is a stereotype?
- Do you think Lee minds not fitting in? What makes her so proud of who she is?
- How does Lee feel when she finds out her best friend is keeping a secret from her?
- How important is family to Lee? How do we show people we love them?
- What would you do if you found out your best friend was gay?
- Why does Lee think Karmel will fancy her? Can Karmel be trusted to just be her friend?
- How should boys and girls “act” or “behave”?
- How do we react when boys don’t “act” like boys or girls don’t “behave” like girls?
Lee's video diaries
- diary 1: Should Lee change the way she acts/behaves/dresses?
- diary 2: What can Karmel do to make Lee feel better/improve their friendship?
- diary 3: Do you think Karmel wants to go out with Lee?
- diary 4: Are people born gay? When should gay people "come out" to friends and family
- diary 5: Can you go to a gay youth group if you're not gay?
- Girl Guides UK produces an annual Girls’ Attitudes survey – a comprehensive study of the views and opinions of girls aged 7-21 across the UK. http://girlsattitudes.girlguiding.org.uk
- PinkStinks is a campaign and social enterprise that challenges the culture of pink in girls’ lives. www.pinkstinks.co.uk