Being a tolerant person doesn't mean having to accept the viewpoint of someone spouting intolerance.
It means being able to go about your life unbothered that there are other people out there who are different from you.
Nice try, fucking nitwit.
"I DIDN'T GO TO COLLEGE"
The dickens you say?
Agent wonderbread your nothing more than a racist undercover fag. Some Europeans kill me degrading black people in public forums then is go out looking for black pussy or black dick, dick in your case. You hide behind a keyboard and verbally assault us, yes us you fag, and think it's a game. Clearly you expose your education level, just because you went to college does'nt mean you graduated or that your smart you fruit. News flash they pay you to go tobcollege and half the mofos there cheat their way through so lets lose that miss.
And Confused little suburban kid, 50 is a sucker in the black community, yeah he's successful, yes he's rich but a bitchmade mofo that makes a comment like that, because most german name mofos are crooks, yeah crooks the kind that steal all your money with trickery and other tact.. Clueless little boy get off the drugs and guess what, I DIDN'T GO TO COLLEGE
Agent wonderbread you racist ass cracker..It's Fags like you that hide behind a keyboard and type all kinds of gay shit you fuckboy..Your the same pussycat that says derogatory things about black people but cruise the strip looking for black pussy and then let her sodimize you because thats the shit your into.
And little suburban kid, although 50 is rich he's a sucker in the black community and your a punk in yours. Confused little guy Ms Soprano hit the nail on the head when ahe described you..Loser.com
Uhh, wrong person. Don't drag me into your Freudian love/hate relationship.
For the record, I don't claim to be progressive, and if you're ok with mrmateo's posts, then fuck you too.
@ Mark from Atlanta
"Mateo, if you ever wonder why your family and everyone you know hates you, it's because you're a terrible person.."
I thought you progressives were inclusive and accepting of all points of view - that's what you say we all should be.
I guess what you say and what you do are two different things.
The arrogance of people like MrMateo always amazes me. Just because something is true for them, it must be true for everyone. It's as if I believed, because I don't like strawberry ice cream, that no one could ever like strawberry ice cream, and letting people eat strawberry ice cream is just abuse.
"Yep. Thought so. Can't dispute what I said, so you go ad hominem."
you go girl
"More than 50% of Americans wake up each and every morning with cognitive dissonance between what they see in their bodies and what they feel in their hearts?"
More than 50% of Americans wake up each and every morning with cognitive dissonance period.
those who fit neatly into the mythical gender binary of masculine and feminine, whose gender identity and birth-assigned sex are neatly aligned, are actually in the minority."
Really Melissa? More than 50% of Americans wake up each and every morning with cognitive dissonance between what they see in their bodies and what they feel in their hearts?
Let's be tolerant of those who are different, but let's also be honest enough to admit that the entire reason the conversation is taking place is that they are...different.
Estimates are between 2 and 5 percent of population deal with some degree of that gender dissonance (called gender dysphoria) but the number of individuals who pursue gender affirmation surgery is much lower. Taking even a smaller number, say 1 per cent, of the student population in the greater Atlanta area who might express gender variance, have a family member who expresses gender differently or is in a relationship with someone who is gender variant and the number could be several thousand, according to several area psychologists.
When you have 6 billion people all with unique genetic markups, you can't categorize is all into 2 categories, it's a continuum of infinite combinations of harmonal and chemical makeups. Most sex organs fall within the bell curve, but not all.
Mateo, if you ever wonder why your family and everyone you know hates you, it's because you're a terrible person.
"Gender is not a flavor of the week. It's what's between your legs."
Poor Mr. Mateo. The world is complex and he is fighting a losing battle to keep it simplistic... er, simple.
Yep. Thought so. Can't dispute what I said, so you go ad hominem.
I have to say, however, how sorry I feel for the 36 people who can't tell the difference between a penis and a vagina (the only way gender is identified): I hope you don't have kids of your own. Stupidity of that level should never be allowed to breed.
I understand that it must be very difficult for a parent to know their child is being bullied, but I personally don't think isolating that child from their peers is the right approach. Ziya could just as easily be bullied at Pride school for for not liking the right music, watching the right TV shows, or any number of non-gender related reasons. I think the trick is to teach children the skills to deal with bullying rather than trying to stop it before it happens.
The article states that there are thousands of gender fluid individuals across the country and also says there are thousands in the Atlanta area.
Both of these numbers can't be right. Any hard numbers?
I don't have kids, so I'm not trying to say what parents *should* do (I have no idea), but if we had conversations with kids about gender and encouraged them to be sensitive and accepting of students that identify differently than they do, maybe kids like Ziya would be able to attend public schools without being harassed. I'm sure it's hard to reverse the constant cultural "girls like pink princesses, boys like blue trucks" narrative of what is "normal", but if we acknowledged differences when kids are really young, maybe they'd grow up to be more understanding, compassionate people.
Best of luck to Ziya - he seems like an amazing human being already!
"But outside of the classroom by the second day, Faith says, young kids tried to pull down Ziya's pants "to see if he was really a boy." Some students wouldn't let him use the boys' restroom. Students patted him on the bottom and called him "cutie." They mocked his lunch box."
How does this happen? I can't imagine parents in largely liberal and accepting Grant Park teaching their children this behavior, so how do kids just start doing this?
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