Ouch! A hard typo to avoid

There’s an unspokin rule in publishing: The larger the font, the more embarasing the typo. That’s compounded by how many words there are in the first place. After all, if you have less to prufe-read, you should be abel to spot an arror.

Now, I myslef have been known to make a typo or two, so I take no pleasure in pointing our mispellings by others. But this one made me cringe a little, precisely because it is a flyer for a publication, the Texas Observer, touting it’s journalistic experteez. I showed it to a friend, also a writer in town, and it took her four seconds to see it. Do you? Ouch! If you can’t see the typo, well, that’s just plane wierd.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

DISD prohibits offensive language related to ‘gender orientation,’ whatever the hell that means

As Instant Tea continues our review of the Dallas Independent School District’s policies related to harassment, bullying and discrimination, we’ve come across something rather peculiar.

It’s on Page 5 of DISD’s “2010-2011 Student Code of Conduct,” in a section titled “General Guidelines and Notifications” and under a headline that reads “Offensive Language.” Here’s what it says:

“Such language includes, but is not limited to, the use of slurs or offensive language related to race, ethnicity, gender and/or gender orientation, disability and religious beliefs.”

Below is a screen grab lest you think we could make this stuff up, but you can also view the entire Code of Conduct by going here.

Now, can someone please explain to me the definition of “gender orientation”? And after you’ve done that, can you give me an example of offensive language related to “gender orientation”? Actually, please don’t. But do they mean “sexual orientation” or “gender identity”? Or both? Or neither? Because those are two totally different things. Is this a typo? Or is it a deliberate attempt to avoid the word “sexual” in a handbook that is distributed to students?

Well, we plan to try to find out. But in the meantime, Resource Center Dallas is preparing to launch a campaign to demand that DISD include specific protections for LGBT students in its new anti-bullying policy, which is set to be discussed during a Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday. We’ll have more on RCD’s campaign here in just a few. So don’t go away, and if you do, come right back. We’re just getting warmed up.

—  John Wright

NOM’s latest mailer: Typo in first line, goes downhill from there

NOM and direct mail: They sure “knows” how to exploit kids/fear/foliage:

Natl Org For Marr 1

Natl Org For Marr 2

*SOURCE: NOM uses kids to attack pro-marriage Maine candidates [Equality Maine]

Marriage in fear quotes? The idea that NOM is part of Maine’s “special way of life,” even while sending the mailer from their DC address? NOM asking voters to fill up representatives’ personal emails with either praise or condemnation? Chatter about kids that become part of the next generation, while completely overlooking the fact — THE FACT! — that a portion of those kids will be LGBT? Light pink roses for a fall wedding?!

Ugh. Sorry, trees that had to die to for this astroturfed silliness.

Good As You

—  John Wright

Focus Citizenlink typo of the day

The editors of Daddy D’s CitizenLink must have been seeing red after Charlie Crist released his mostly pro-LGBT turnaround position paper…

Gov. Charlie Christ, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, released today his position statements on federal lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues; thus completing his transformation from a social conservative candidate to social liberal one.

Pam’s House Blend – Front Page

—  John Wright