only the cool kids would have this thought if they saw this tree
DEAR ABBY: My husband and I relocated to Florida a little over a year ago and were quickly welcomed into our new neighbors’ social whirl. Two couples in the neighborhood are gay — one male, one female. While they are nice enough, my husband and I did not include them when it was our turn to host because we do not approve of their lifestyle choices. Since then, we have been excluded from neighborhood gatherings, and someone even suggested that we are bigots!
Abby, we moved here from a conservative community where people were pretty much the same. If people were “different,” they apparently kept it to themselves. While I understand the phrase “when in Rome,” I don’t feel we should have to compromise our values just to win the approval of our neighbors. But really, who is the true bigot here? Would you like to weigh in? — UNHAPPY IN TAMPA
DEAR UNHAPPY: I sure would. The first thing I’d like to say is that regardless of what you were told in your previous community, a person’s sexual orientation isn’t a “lifestyle choice.” Gay people don’t choose to be gay; they are born that way. They can’t change being gay any more than you can change being heterosexual.
I find it interesting that you are unwilling to reciprocate the hospitality of people who welcomed you and opened their homes to you, and yet you complain because you are receiving similar treatment.
From where I sit, you may have chosen the wrong place to live because it appears you would be happier in a less integrated neighborhood surrounded by people who think the way you do. But if you interact only with people like yourselves, you will have missed a chance for growth, which is what you have been offered here. Please don’t blow it.
Bizarrely (or perhaps appropriately) enough, The Voice of Holland has multiple excellent covers of Bob Marley songs on the books. This one is a cover of “No Woman, No Cry” performed by Lenny.
Egypt PSA: Put yourself in her shoes, instead of finding ways to blame her
Any person who wants to create a socially just society ought to empathize with those suffering from oppressive behavior. Props to UN Women for making this great video that helps people do that.
This is a really stimulating look into the struggles these folks have with racial identity.
This ad on the subway goes hard as fuck
Yes, more talk about this.
7 fictional languages from literature and film that you can learn
Want to converse with the likes of rabbits, elves or blue-skinned folk from another planet? You’ve come to the right place.
So much language-nerd win.
I know I’m a little late with this, but that’s what living abroad and not being particularly interested in American football does to you.
Anyway, I don’t think I can say enough just how good that Halftime Show performance was. I’m not a huge fan of Bruno Mars, but while some people nail their performances, he CRUSHED his. Into the GROUND.
So here’s a video that you’ve probably already seen that you should watch again anyway because it’s GREAT.