1 Work in Little Black Dress
There's going to be an LGBT Pride meetup in Sunnydale in just a few days. Willow is determined to promote it. She's spreading fliers all over the place, in high spirits that the community is finally getting some recognition, the chance to get out and show that they exist. When her attempts to put up fliers in the Magic Shop are met with vehement disapproval by Giles, tension ensues, and Willow comes to an incorrect conclusion.
It takes Tara to understand why Giles seems so against the idea of putting up flyers or drawing attention to the cause, and it's not for the reasons you might think. Because Giles is old, and he's seen and suffered a lot that he's tried never talked about, because no one had asked, because it's just easier not to think about, because sometimes Willow just doesn't think. With Tara to listen, talking finally happens, and understanding. The pain of being told that who you are and who you love are wrong can leave deep scars that never quite heal, but at least Giles can do what he can to help the children of the next generation not suffer the same.
Written for LJ Queerfest 2012