I believe the commonly used phrase is ‘well jelz’?


 

Just a cute couple from the lovely world of Tumblr (source) to keep everyone happy and hopeful ūüôā

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Saying Thank You and Why It’s So Damn Important.

Tonight, I got the chance to say thank you to a teacher who had given me a whole lot of support, and so many opportunities in the last few years. ¬† I was standing by our sound board, doing very little seeing as the only person performing was a 14 year old singer, and her ‘levels’ took little adjusting. So I had plenty of time to think. ¬†And I realised that I was only standing next to that sound board because of a teacher who gave me the chance to start. ¬†And because of the opportunity she gave me four years ago, to control the mikes at assembly, I was able to join Drama club, and do sound for them. Which meant a whole host of trips to Edinburgh, to Glasgow’s big theatres, to running 9 crappy mikes for a junior school production; an experience which was pretty much one of the most exhilarating I’ve had. It let to meeting so many people, and to getting told that at 15, the technicians at the theatre would happily offer me a job, had I been old enough. And then you get around to the subject that teacher actually taught – Physics. Now, Standard Grade Physics went fine. ¬†I won the prize and walked happily into Higher, thinking that I was ready to meet the challenge. And I wasn’t. ¬†I got a B. But she never stopped telling me that I could get an A, I could do it. ¬†And in the end, she told me that she was as disappointed for me as I was, that she was so sorry, and that the trick was to build on what I had now, and to let life go on. ¬†And she was so nice about the fact that I let her down.

A lot of people think she’s a cow. ¬†And in the classroom, yes, yes she is. She’s straight forward and practical and is build like a bulldog, in personality. ¬†But she’s also an amazing person and she teaches you a lot. And she’s done so much for me. ¬†So tonight, I said thank you, for everything. ¬†And she beamed. ¬†And it felt amazing, to finally give something back, even if its just a few words.

Now I know this is cheesy, and believe me, I don’t really do this stuff a whole lot. ¬†And I’m not suggesting anyone go out and give a sentimental speech to everyone in their life. That would be too much and it devalues the whole thing. All I’m saying, I suppose, is that saying ‘thank you’ to someone who had such an impact on your life, is definitely worth the effort.

Paddington Bear Meets Pink Sparkles

I may be conforming to stereotype but you have to admit, Paddington does look very¬†camp. How times have changed eh? ūüôā

In a Catholic country no less!

Just got back from Spain, where for, the first time, I saw a lesbian couple kissing in public (in Catholic country no less) with no attempt to hide their actions. Couldn’t help but be filled with hope at the sight.

Hope everyone is having a good summer.

Let’s face it. If Gandalf says it’s okay, it’s okay.

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Let's face it.  If Gandalf says it's okay, it's okay.

Stonewall: Love Your Inner Lesbian

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Stonewall: Love Your Inner Lesbian

I was exploring the Stonewall website and I came across this:

http://www.stonewall.org.uk/what_we_do/research_and_policy/3494.asp

Its from way back in 2009, but it still highlights some really important issues, definitely worth checking out – your health is a pretty good thing to have, so everyone should do their best to keep it.

Just click on the photo to get through to the website ūüôā

That’s So Gay

Your friend cancels on you, she says she can’t come out tonight. ‘That’s so gay.’ ¬†Someone makes a cheesy comment, or a stupid one. ‘That’s so gay.’ You get a crappy test mark. ‘That’s so gay.’ ¬†I’m sorry, I didn’t realize that awkward or irritating moments enjoyed having sex with other moments of the same gender. ¬†I wasn’t even aware that moments HAD a gender, and I can’t even begin to imagine how they go about the act. ¬†Can you?

The casual use of the word ‘gay’ in a derogatory manner drives me crazy, it really does. ¬†It’s disrespectful, homophobic and a sure sign of ignorance. The English language is virtually immeasurable and there are a multitude of ¬†words within it which would fit the same context in which ‘gay’ is being used, and in fact, would be more effective in conveying the speaker’s message. Why use it? What’s the point? If the word ‘gay’ has any other meaning other than being an informal reference to homosexuality, it’s happiness. ¬†Maybe I’m a little dim, but wouldn’t that completely contradict what these ignorant people are trying to say?

Moving away from the fact that the word ‘gay’ is being¬†illogically used, there’s also the glaring issue of the stigma around homosexuality that this common phrase is helping to create. ¬†People who are gay, or are on any part of the sexual rainbow really, have it hard enough. ¬†They have to face homophobia and all kinds of discrimination, from an awful lot of people. ¬†And let’s not even get into the hatred radiating from virtually all religious groups. ¬†Do people really need to take the word ‘gay’ and make it a criticism, an insult? And it will become a way of tarring others, of insulting them. Few words are actually created in order to be insults. They become offensive words through society’s treatment of them. ¬†The word ‘spastic’ is a prime example. In my eyes, that’s what is happening to the word ‘gay’. ¬†It’s becoming a derogatory remark, and only adding to the idea that being gay is unacceptable and unnatural. ¬†An idea which is clearly false.

The worst part about this phrase is that, at least in my life, most people don’t even realize that they’re doing it, that they’re offending a substantial group of people. ¬†They say it casually, just off the tip of their tongue, and no one calls them up for it. ¬†To degrade homosexuality is totally acceptable, it appears. One girl actually tried to convince me that she wasn’t homophobic, while happily using the word ‘gay’ as an insult. And as far as I’m concerned, that’s a complete contradiction, because to use that phrase is to be homophobic. But it’s become ingrained into society, and because of that, it seems to be okay. ¬†Well, its not. ¬†Its no more okay than making a racist comment or joking about rape, and I can guarantee that if anyone did so, they would be torn to shreds by those surrounding them. It may only be a small phrase, a casual reference, but the use of the word ‘gay’ as an insult needs to stop. ¬†It has to, in order for those who are homosexual to be fully accepted into society as equals, with no stigma or prejudice.

‘That’s so gay’. A phrase we should fight to kick the hell out of our¬†vocabulary.