imagesI learned some bizarre and disturbing verbiage courtesy of my grade nines: an awkward pause means a gay baby has been born.  I looked it up on Urban Dictionary and it is indeed a “thing”. I asked the class what it meant, and even they weren’t sure- but they were all in agreement that it was not a positive statement. One student confirmed he had heard it as long ago as grade five.

Along with the hopefully fading “that’s so gay”, phrases like this make encouraging young people towards inclusive and accepting behaviour and thinking a continuing challenge.

 

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