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Wells Fargo’s new ad features a lesbian couple adopting a deaf child. The couple is played by an actual lesbian couple, and the girl is actually deaf. 

“’We thought it was really important that it be very real and authentic and true,’ Moldafsky [the chief marketing officer] said.”

Visibility all day! Thanks, Wells Fargo! 

(I’m not crying, it’s just raining inside of the office, on only my face…)

Two Germans decided it would be well mannered and courteous to at least try to speak a few words of English while visiting London. Ready for dinner they walk into a restaurant and ask to be seated. While the waiter shows them their table, he asks whether the two gentlemen would like to order a drink. One of the German men replies with a rather strong German accent, “Two sherry, please.” The waiter then asks, “Dry?” Upon which the German answers abrasively, “Nein, ich sagte  zwei!”

Favorite German Words

Die Frühjahrsmüdigkeit = literally spring tiredness, springtime fatigue. Das Frühjahr = “early year”, spring. Müdigkeit = tiredness, fatigue. A mysterious ailment that befalls people in early spring and may be related to baromatic pressure and weather changes in general. A great excuse for less than top notch performance at work or in school. ;) It happens every year just around this time. You feel more tired than usual, sluggish, craving light, sunshine, warmth after the long winter months, and feel like you need extra sleep.

‘Anti-Gay Day’ at McGuffey High School

Last Friday was Day of Silence, a silent manifestation to protest against the bullying towards LGBTQ+ youth and their allies. Students in the Gay-Straight-Alliance at McGuffey High School (Pennsylvania, USA) organized an action - wearing all black and painting rainbows on their faces - for an early Day of Silence on April 15. 

The following day, in response to this peaceful action, another group of students organized an “Anti-Gay Day”. Their action consisted of wearing flannel shirts, writing “Anti-Gay” on their hands and encouraging others to do the same. It’s been reported that participants also physically and psychologically harassed LGBTQ+ students. “Anti-Gay Day” was only the first of a week-long series of events planned by the group. Their plans were promoted on social media and included a “lynch list” that was circulated around the school. McGuffey High School’s administrators told the media that the incident was being investigated and that they want all students to feel safe and supported in the school environment.

Bullying and queerphobia are huge problems throughout the world, but that doesn’t mean we can’t work to change that. When you see bullying happening in your school, in your neighborhood, or in your fandom will you be the one who stands up? The one who speaks out against queerphobic language and stands in solidarity with their LGBTQ+ peers? The one who holds our their hand in acceptance and celebration, and supports the LGBTQ+ community? You can be someone who makes a change; when one person speaks up it makes it easier for others to join and speak up as well. BeLonG To, an LGBT youth organization in Ireland, and LGBT Youth Scotland produced several compelling videos on the importance of standing up and speaking out against bullying, you can watch them here and here.

We would like to take this opportunity to express our admiration and full support for all the LGBTQ+ students and allies at McGuffey High School who participated in the Day of Silence and spoke out against bullying. We stand in solidarity with these courageous LGBTQ+ students and allies.

On Day of Silence, TMHFN/RD asked their supporters to show their solidarity with LGBTQ+ students around the world, today we are asking you to express your support to all LGBTQ+ students in McGuffey High School. We are choosing to make our voices as loud as possible and doing anything we can to help the entire LGBTQ+ community. 

Check out more TMHFN/RD posts on how to stand up to bullying.

You can read more about the situation at McGuffey High School in this Advocate article.

No matter how many language I learn and explore, English will always be my mother tongue. I know it much better than the back of my hand. In English, I can be funny, I can be ironic, I can be clever. But also, I can remember childhood stories and games; I can recite nursery rhymes and poems. I am in English. I’ve put a lot of conscious effort into my my native language and I’m proud of it. But that doesn’t mean that I think Anglophones should cease all exploration there. There’s a big world out there and the ability to see even a fraction is a privilege. Just like being able to natively speak English.

The ACT Brumbies’ star David Pocock has introduced thousands of rugby fans to the Auslan sign for applause. 

He also graciously explained this to columnist Miranda Devine who was a bit too fast to judge his hand movements, calling him a “tosser”. 

Pocock happens to be a fantastically outspoken sportsperson - he’s a climate activist who participated in direct action blockades against coal mine expansion and recently made an on-field complaint against a fellow rugby player about homophobic slurs. (More on that here.)

We making Auslan *applause* signs in your direction, David!

anonymous asked:

My english teacher kept telling me they is plural. I tried telling her that there is a singular they. And she didn't listen! I was about to cry by the end of the class because she just taught my whole class that there is no singular they.

I’m sorry this happened to you. 

“They” can be singular or plural depending on context. Geoffrey Chaucer, Lewis Carroll, Walt Whitman, George Eliot, Shakespeare, William Thackeray, Jane Austen, C. S. Lewis and Oscar Wilde all used singular they in their writing. However, we’ve been taught to avoid singular they (even though it was used historically) over time. 

Here’s some proof/arguments for singular they:

-Bion