"Vancouver School Board Introduces Gender-Neutral Pronouns"
"Students and teachers in Vancouver can now use the gender-neutral pronouns "xe," "xem," and "xyr." The move is designed to accommodate students for whom "he" and "she" does not fit or is deemed inappropriate…
"The newly coined pronouns — xe, xem, and xyr — are pronounced to rhyme with the genderless plurals "they," "them," and "their," and all starting with the "z" sound. So phonetically speaking, they’re pronounced "zey, "zem", and "zare.""
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the article doesn’t do the issue justice.
the issue regarded policy change, where the vancouver school board’s (VSB) LGBTQ+ advisory committee re-wrote existing policy to protect staff and students falling on the queer and trans spectrums.
the policy revision includes
-they/them/their and non-traditional pronouns being recognized by the school system
-required used of preferred names and pronouns by all staff and students
-preferred names/pronouns on all school records
-gender-accesible washrooms and change rooms available to those who require them
-disciplinary action taken against those who act in a discriminatory or hateful manner towards students, staff, and families falling on the queer and trans spectrums
the consultation was the longest ever done by the VSB, with over 120 speakers spread across 3 meetings.
the process also resulting in two school board trustees being ejected form their party’s caucus, due their discriminatory actions and arguments.
these are links to stories by vancouver media about the issue
This school is doing it right <3
LITERALLY MY FAVORITEThis is so much better than any russian roulette or “poison cookie” analogy.
Princeless – Book One: Save Yourself (2012)
Story: Jeremy Whitley , art: M. Goodwin
"And this one—-"
Protective clothing that actually protects is such a novel idea.
I featured the first three panels waaay back, but the broader context makes it even better!
OMG what a concept!!!
probably not that
do you ever sit in school like i know the answer to that questions but i’m not saying it because this class is pissing me off
that settles it
we have to get rid of the ocean
the second one? i can buy that somewhat. the first one? breasts are sexual organs.
I SWEAR TO FUCK. NO. NO THEY ARE NOT. BREASTS ARE MEANT TO FEED BABIES. BREASTS ARE NOT MEANT FOR SEXUAL FUCKING PLEASURE. BREASTS SOLE EVOLUTIONARY PURPOSE ARE TO FEED THE YOUNG, NOT TO HUMOUR MEN IN BED.
#the literal sole purpose of a boob is wait for it#AN UDDER#IT IS LITERALLY A COW UDDER#AND PEOPLE TOUCH COW UDDERS TO GET MILK ALL THE TIME#IT AINT SEXUAL OR ELSE IT WOULD BE SEEN AS BEASTIALITY TO GET COW MILK#SO PLEASE#SHUT UP ABOUT IT BEIGN A SEXUAL ORGAN
jesse oh my god
They are not sex organs. Sure, they got bigger as guys got more attracted to them (thank you evolution for the pain of bras), but they are not sexual. Actually, women who have bigger breasts often have harder times giving birth and actually feeding their kids (if you want me to explain, PM me, I just don’t want to post it outright). If anything, breasts are anti-sex organs.
And guys should totes be allowed to wear dresses too.
"How Not To React When Your Son Is Gay"
My heart breaks while watching this video. If you’re reading this and need support, please contact The Trevor Project. They are the leading national organization for crisis & suicide prevention - they are there to talk, 24/7 - confidential and free.
this made me sick to my stomach
every straight person needs to watch this video
Am I the only person who gets annoyed that her only excuse is that she’s following the word of God?
Talking as a christian, I just want to really point out that probably the biggest thing that Jesus EVER said is “love your neighbour as yourself” How would she feel if I went up to her and yelled that Jesus hates straight people because he was never in a straight relationship?
Because, I’m telling anybody who thinks the bible is ample proof to be this bigoted, Jesus never has a heterosexual relationship. People will probably hate me for saying this, but there’s more evidence for a homosexual Christ than heterosexual one- In one gospel there is distinctly a “disciple whom Jesus loved” who is later referred to as a guy (it’s when Peter first sees Jesus after the crucifixion, I can’t remember the exact verse). (Personally I think Jesus was ace but that’s not important).
Most of the old testament laws were made in the context of the time. For instance the pigs thing is because badly cooked pork can contain brain parasites that can kill. It is extremely likely that the no-gay-sex (note it never says anything against homosexual relationships ANYWHERE) thing was because of sexual diseases, which would likely only be worthwhile if there was a chance of procuring offspring.
Additionally, even if you did ignore the blatant fact of Jesus’ many repeatings of respecting/loving people, I’m sure we can all agree that the act of coming out is just awesome. If you don’t like it, well, at least they’ve decided to trust you, right? So they’re following “do not lie” which I think is important. Also, pretty sure any christian would agree, a faithful relationship is better than an unfaithful one. And no I don’t mean that you can’t get divorced or whatever, just no cheating or being an idiot to your partner. This definitely includes a gay relationship. Definitely.
Personally, I would far rather have a gay child if I knew they trusted me enough to say, and weren’t going to hide it, than to have an untrusting straight child.
Also, the bible never actually displays a sinful gay relationship, while it shows heaps of sinful heterosexual ones. It seems to me that a few gay ones could easily have been included here if the writers wanted to show het superiority. (I need say nothing except “Potaphar’s wife” and “Jezebel”)
One of the things that annoys me most is religion being used by idiots as an excuse. So much wrong was done by this (crusades, much terrorism, roman persecutions and executions, 1980’s Ireland, slavery) when often the bible says the opposite. (For instance, Jesus was probably middle eastern, or maybe even black, having grown up in Egypt, with a lot of Israeli descent. Yet what do we see in every single painting of him?) Religion is not some cheap excuse to bully your kid. Actually one of the ten commandments is “do not use the name of the lord in vain” so… personally, I think openly obeying one of Jesus’ two main commandments and then disobeying something very clearly stated by God directly is a bit bigger than something said after Moses’ death which is a grand total of a verse long. Even this verse says “not to lay in bed with a man as you would a woman” which neither says who should not be lying, nor actually prohibits being gay. It only prohibits people having sex with both men and women. In bed. In the same way. (pretty sure gay sex isn’t exactly the same as het sex anyway so how they could lie in the same way, I’m not sure)
It just annoys me so much. It’s like me using the origin of species as a way to say that some people who can’t survive without medication deserve to die. No. It’s just wrong. It’s twisted, disgusting, and most of all sick. How these people can look themselves in the mirror and not want to throw up baffles me. They take the word of a man, who, even if you don’t believe in any religion, was indisputably an awesome guy who spoke out so much against oppression and prejudice, into what I could only imagine coming from the mouth of a total fascist. Again, imagine if I did that with a non-religious figure? Imagine if someone did that to Mahatma Ghandi, or Martin Luther King, or Nelson Mandela; wouldn’t people be outraged at such amazing people being used as an excuse for plain bigotry?
Personally, I don’t say science always trumps religion, but if the only reason you are religious is to be a bigot towards your child, I think that’s a fair statement. I would prefer a fair-minded scientific statement to a twisted uptake on a religion founded on (to summarize the bible in a sentence) “not being a total asshole if you don’t want people to be assholes to you”. I think that everything said in reaction was unfounded and cruel (and I’m sorry it turned out like that).
I hope I’ve at least shown that christians get annoyed at this as well. I know the Bible says to turn the other cheek, but it also tells us to try to help other people, and that’s what I’m doing, because I hope that someone can get some of what I have said to people like this. If we can just change a couple of people’s opinions, we’ve changed the world.
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