If Alice Was a Lesbian

Question:

Hello! It has been at least a year that I have written to you and recently something crossed my mind. 
In one of your wonderful Alice books, Alice spends the night with a lesbian before realizing that said girl is indeed a lesbian. When she gets home and shares with her dad about this, she asks him how he would feel if she was a lesbian and though I don't remember the exact scenario, I do remember her father saying something along the lines of "I would be a little sad for you."
I am wondering why her father would say that.



Phyllis replied:

He was thinking about the prejudice she might encounter, and that made him sad.
A parent can love a child enormously, and still worry that something about him
or her might make other people shun or tease or torment, simply because he know
of cases where this has happened.

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