The LGBTQI+ community has, over many years, been endeavouring to normalise conversations on and around sexuality and sexual preferences. So when a mock exam question in an Irish textbook did its bit towards the inclusion of homosexual individuals, people’s joy knew no bounds, especially on social media. Paul Ryder tweeted out a picture of a question in the book that was sent to their WhatsApp group by a friend and ever since, Twitter has been a joyous place. “Friend of mine is a teacher and just sent this to our WhatsApp group saying she’d never seen anything like it before,” he captioned his tweet. The question was: “Craig buys his boyfriend a birthday present that costs €215.65 including VAT @ 13.5 per cent. What was the original bill before VAT was added?”
Yes, just a question about a guy buying a birthday present for his boyfriend.
Many on the micro-blogging site found the gesture sweet and a rather important, albeit small, step towards the direction of inclusion of the LGBTQI+ community. “I didn’t realise the boyfriend was the thing until I read the comments. That’s so lovely,” “This is fab. Small things like this help to unpick the heteronormative programming that our kids are subjected to on a daily basis.” “Now that’s diversity in a maths exam!” are some of the heartwarming reactions Ryder’s post garnered thereafter. Others wondered what was the rest of Twitter feeling jubilant about, given how same-sex representations is an absolutely normal thing anyway.
Friend of mine is a teacher and just sent this to our WhatsApp group saying she’d never seen anything like it before. 🙌🏼👨❤️💋👨 pic.twitter.com/ZRJFmHOIRP
— Paul Ryder (@RuPaulRyder) April 16, 2018
Check out some more of the responses, here.
This is fab. Small things like this help to unpick the heteronormative programming that our kids are subjected to on a daily basis. ❤️👏
— Alex Feis-Bryce (@Alex_FeisBryce) April 17, 2018
Makes me smile to see how far things have come since I was in school which was a shite experience for me. 🙌🏼
— Paul Ryder (@RuPaulRyder) April 17, 2018
Both myself and my daughter thought there was something wrong with the sum and had to read it a few times before I realised the boyfriend bit was the point. About time, but it’s also good that we read the question as nothing unusual. #Boyfriend #present #VAT #LGBTQisNatural
— Eimhear O Dalaigh (@OEimhear) April 16, 2018
Such a small thing that’s such a big step 🙌🏼☺️
— Just another gay boy. (@LewDowd) April 16, 2018
My daughter is 10, and I kind of think she wouldn’t bat an eyelid at seeing this in a test (although it would need to be £ not $ for us 😂).
Happily, they are growing up in a world where kids are much more aware of LGBT people, & more of this kind of thing will help. 🏳️🌈
— Gertrude Perkins (@gertieperkins8) April 16, 2018
I didn’t realise the boyfriend was the thing until I read the comments. That’s so lovely 😊
— mrs tubbs #FBPE (@mrs_tubbs) April 18, 2018
I’m a math guy, so I went right for solving it. This is pretty awesome.
— Robby Hesselbrock (@rdhesselbrock) April 17, 2018
Great gesture or something too normal to be celebrated — what do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.