Is the Singular “They” Grammatically Correct?

Is the Singular “They” Grammatically Correct?

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Language is always evolving. The way we speak in 2018 will not at all be the way we speak in 2068, much in the same way that we don’t currently speak the way people did in 1318. The evolution of language is a fabulous thing; it reflects our capacity to adapt and change when presented with new information, and allows for the progress of the human species. But change is painfully slow, and the progress of language is especially hindered because of the irritating culture of linguistic gatekeeping. There are people in the world who take immense pride in their supposed mastery …

The CW Makes History With First Transgender Superhero in ‘Supergirl’

The CW Makes History With First Transgender Superhero in ‘Supergirl’

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At Comic Con last weekend, CW announced some exciting news for ‘Supergirl’ fans! They are welcoming their newest cast member to the team, Nicole Maines!     If Maines’s name sounds familiar, that’s because it should; in 2014, the then sixteen-year-old went head-to-head with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court (and won) when she claimed that her high school was violating her rights under the Human Rights Act by not allowing her to use the restroom of her choosing. The court ruled in her favor, and Maines has been a leading figurehead in the fight for transgender rights ever since.   …

20 Queer Authors from History Who You Need to Know

20 Queer Authors from History Who You Need to Know

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Given the scarcity of satisfactory LGBTQ representation, one might be inclined to think that LGBTQ people haven’t existed for the bulk of human history. Nothing could be further from the truth. Queer folks have been around since the dawn of time, and we aren’t going anywhere. Discrimination, violence, and oppression have contributed to the erasure of queer individuals who have been blazing the trails since before your grandparents’ grandparents were born, and here is just a small drop in the ocean of queer writers throughout history.   1. Walt Whitman (1819-1892) Image Via NPR   Walt Whitman was a American, …

17 Quotes from LGBTQ+ Trailblazers

17 Quotes from LGBTQ+ Trailblazers

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It’s Pride month!   Now is the time for freedom, celebration, liberation, and love! The LGBTQ+ community has fought hard (and is still fighting) against societal and systemic oppression every single day (especially the Transgender community; here’s a list of all the lives that have been lost in 2018 alone).   This month is a time to celebrate how far we’ve come, to acknowledge the oppressions and inequalities that are still so prevalent, and to keep marching toward and fighting for the revolution we need.   It is also a time to recognize and remember the activists who got us here. We wouldn’t …

J.K. Rowling Liked Tweet  Referring to Transwomen as ‘Men in Dresses’

J.K. Rowling Liked Tweet Referring to Transwomen as ‘Men in Dresses’

The world would be a very different place without Twitter, there’s no denying it. Without it, perhaps we would live in blissful ignorance of the bad opinions harbored by those we admire. But alas, we do not live in that world. Twitter exists, and J.K. Rowling uses it to frequently get herself into trouble with fans.    Over the past few months, Rowling has caused much upset amongst her fanbase with her defense of Johnny Depp’s casting in the titular role of the Fantastic Beasts film The Crimes of Grindelwald. Depp was accused by his ex-wife Amber Heard of abuse and …