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A Curious Eye

My name's Ben. I'm a 22 year-old recent grad living in Seattle. I've been told my gayness is only matched by my enthusiasm.
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High school couple banned from going to prom because one of them is transgender

gaywrites:

A teen couple from New York told media this week that they have been blocked from going to prom because one of them is trans. 

Anais Celini wants to bring her boyfriend Nathaniel Baez to her senior prom at the Martin Luther King High School in Queens. But because Nathaniel is trans, the school said they couldn’t go, calling his transition “unconventional” and “not beneficial.”

Baez added, “It’s hard because I really wanted her to be able to go to prom with her friends, and me as well, because it is one of the stepping stones in high school.”

School officials have thus far declined comment, according to Pix 11, but Baez has said that he will plan a private prom celebration for his girlfriend if authorities do not budge by May 22, when the dance will be held.

Are you KIDDING me right now. Whose business is it that this person is trans? What difference does it make? Since when do we require full-body exams to allow people to go to high school prom?! Ugh.

(Source: hijabiswag, via greeklesbian)

theatlantic:

This Is What the New SAT Will Be Like

No more SAT words or long essays: The new SAT is here, and it looks pretty different. Almost a year after first announcing the SAT would face a major redesign, College Board President David Coleman released new information this afternoon on how the exam is going to change.

The College Board says it is emphasizing “delivering opportunity” to all students and making the SAT more reflective of high school academics. “It is time to admit that the SAT and ACT have become disconnected from the work of our high schools,” Coleman said in a press conference. He also said he hoped the changes would remove the “sense of mystery and dismantle the advantages that people perceive in using costly test preparation.” 
Here are some of the key changes, which will go into effect in 2016.
Read more. [Image: naraekim0801/Flickr]

theatlantic:

This Is What the New SAT Will Be Like

No more SAT words or long essays: The new SAT is here, and it looks pretty different. Almost a year after first announcing the SAT would face a major redesign, College Board President David Coleman released new information this afternoon on how the exam is going to change.

The College Board says it is emphasizing “delivering opportunity” to all students and making the SAT more reflective of high school academics. “It is time to admit that the SAT and ACT have become disconnected from the work of our high schools,” Coleman said in a press conference. He also said he hoped the changes would remove the “sense of mystery and dismantle the advantages that people perceive in using costly test preparation.”

Here are some of the key changes, which will go into effect in 2016.

Read more. [Image: naraekim0801/Flickr]


Dwelling on arguable concerns of unfair advantage and dictating what a player’s genitals need to look like before they can join in not only misses the point of what school games are good for—it also humiliates trans kids and degrades everyone involved. 

Dwelling on arguable concerns of unfair advantage and dictating what a player’s genitals need to look like before they can join in not only misses the point of what school games are good for—it also humiliates trans kids and degrades everyone involved. 

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Growing Old With Facebook

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Growing Old With Facebook

Gay vice principal loses job at Catholic school after marrying

queerwoc:

Did you know? Prom is coming up! And you have a right to express your gender identity. Your school may be violating the law if it doesn’t allow a female student to wear a tuxedo or a male student to wear a dress.

It’s definitely not almost prom now (it’s November). But this is a good psa

queerwoc:

Did you know? Prom is coming up! And you have a right to express your gender identity. Your school may be violating the law if it doesn’t allow a female student to wear a tuxedo or a male student to wear a dress.

It’s definitely not almost prom now (it’s November). But this is a good psa

(via gayqueers)

tablespoons:

“teenagers skip breakfast because they think it will help them lose weight” ACTUALLY NO THATS BULLSHIT TEENAGERS SKIP BREAKFAST SO THEY CAN MAKE IT TO SCHOOL ON TIME WITHOUT WAKING UP AT 4 IN THE MORNING

Seriously, do these researchers ever actually talk to teenagers?

(Source: jesuschristvevo, via greeklesbian)

"College as explained to me in high school" vs. "College as experienced firsthand"

  • In high school they told us: There will be no grades in a class except the midterm and the final, so you have to study hard because failing one test means you fail the class.
  • Once I was in college a professor said: Hey, you guys are working really hard on your third paper, so I'm just going to cancel the final and give everyone a hundred on it.
  • In high school they told us: In college, class always begins exactly at the scheduled start time. If your class is at 9 AM and you get there at 9:01, the doors will be locked and you'll be out of luck, especially if it's the day of the midterm or final, because then you get a zero.
  • Once I was in college a professor said: Does anyone mind if I start class at 3:35 instead of 3:30? These elevators are really slow and I want to have time for a cigarette before I teach for 90 minutes.
  • In high school they told us: Every class you miss drops you a full letter grade in college courses.
  • Once I was in college almost every professor said: You can miss three classes without a penalty, and a few more if you have a Doctor's note. Sorry to be a hardass, but you automatically fail if you miss more than ten days of class.
  • In high school they told us: If you do have papers, your professors just lecture and put the assignments on the syllabus. You're completely responsible for remembering the deadlines, they won't remind you. All your professors will do is lecture and the rest is up to you.
  • Once I was in college a professor said: Okay, so your next paper is in two weeks! I'll keep reminding you in the interim, but I just want to make sure you have enough time to do it! Let's run through the structure I want to see real quick, and if you have any questions, feel free to email me or come to my office hours!
  • In high school they told us: You have to use MLA formatting and if you make any mistakes in your citations, it'll be considered plagiarism. You'll be expelled and probably sued.
  • Once I was in college almost every professor said: Please do not use MLA, it is awful, we use either APA or Chicago here because we are not 14 years old.