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: [quoting one of her teachers
] Yeah, and she also told me that people like us, they - boys can try to take advantage and that they'll try to coitus us. So if that should ever happen, to say, "No!" Elizabeth
: Oh. Okay. Carla Tate
: "Stop right there!" Elizabeth
: Good. That's excellent advice. What else did she say to you? Carla Tate
: "Don't put gum under the cafeteria table! How many times do I have to tell you?"
: I also enrolled her in a calligraphy class, an origami class. I even got her into that... Dr. Johnson
: She doesn't want to do those things. They don't interest her. They don't work for her. Elizabeth
: Maybe Carla doesn't know what works for her. Dr. Johnson
: And you do. Elizabeth
: I think so. I'm her mother. Dr. Johnson
: That's why she tried to hitchhike over 200 miles to get back here?
: [getting emotional
] I didn't want to put her in that place! But I had to. I had no other choice. She needed professional help. Now it is Carla turn, and I am going to protect her! And nobody's going to tell me how to do it, not even you, Radley. No!
: [whispering to Carla about Elizabeth
] She's a little uptight. Elizabeth
: What? Shoe Salesman
: It-it's tight. This shoe's a little tight.
: Mother, being gay is not a diagnosis. It's not a disease I'm going to recover from, or a phase I'm going to outgrow. Elizabeth
: I know what being gay is, okay? I give to gay causes. I support gay parades. They even gave me a plaque. Heather
: Yes! So why support them and not me?
: I feel like I'm the mother of a dedicated underachiever, a gay workaholic, and Carla, who thinks she can conquer this whole terrifying world that we live in. Dr. Radley Tate
: Honey, you're doing fine. They're not drug addicts. They're not axe murderers. They're not *Democrats.*