Random Quotations – LGBTQ – June 5th, 2018

Five items in total…

“Beloved children’s books, toys, and characters are going to get the ax because they’ve run afoul of the new gender rules… Everything’s gotta be ‘gender neutral’ now. Books and toys that violate that key principle will be shown the door… ‘…some councils are auditing learning materials at libraries, schools and kindergartens, urging a ban on the terms ‘boy’ and ‘girl’… under the new rules, children’s favorites like ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ and ‘Winnie the Pooh’ could be banned’… For now, that’s Melbourne Australia, but do you really think they wouldn’t try to bring that nonsense here, too?” – Clash Daily, “Orwell was right: PC police pulling cherished children’s books from shelves for this nutty reason” – May 25th, 2018.

“Youth Pride Durham will be set up as an outdoor, afternoon festival and is set to include a drum circle; positive message wall; information fair with more than two dozen local agencies and organizations; photo booth; glitter tattoos; face painting and cotton candy, popcorn and pizza… The stage lineup ranges from drag queens to headliner Kate Reid whose work is described as ‘slam poetry meets folk music meets LGBTQ+ advocacy’… The event is aimed at youth ages 14 to 21.” – Jillian Follert, “Live music, cotton candy, glitter tattoos on tap for Durham’s first-ever Youth Pride” – Oshawa This Week, May 19th, 2018.

“Chiltern Edge Secondary School in Oxfordshire bans boys from wearing shorts… insists those who don’t want to wear trousers must opt for skirts instead” – Eleanor Harding, “Skirts are cool, boys are told: School bans shorts in summer in favour of ‘gender neutral’ uniform policy” – Daily Mail, June 3rd, 2018.

“University of Toronto’s Faculty of Arts & Science have created a rainbow-coloured flag made up of more than 3,000 paper cranes in celebration of Pride month… ‘At Hart House we are proud to celebrate diversity and inclusivity all year long, and recognition of Pride is always on our calendar,’ said Stephanie Eldred, senior communications officer for Hart House, U of T’s centre for arts, dialogue, and wellness…” – Claire Floody and Bryann Aguilar, “U of T celebrating Pride with rainbow flag made up of 3,000 paper cranes” – Toronto Star, June 4th, 3018.

“According to the course syllabus, ‘Queer Space: Explorations in Art and Architecture’ will address questions such as: ‘What is ‘queer space’? How have works of art and architecture shaped queer understandings and experiences of space?’… ‘We will navigate spaces of queer world-making (e.g. bathhouses, nightclubs, cruising grounds, alternative art venues, domestic settings, archives, memorials, the Internet)’… students will also learn about ‘spaces of queer appropriation,’ including ‘campuses,’ ‘streets’ and ‘cityscapes’.” – Celine Ryan, “Queer space course examines bathhouses, cruising grounds” – Campus Reform, May 22nd, 2018.

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