I think we should all read promiscuously. We should have literary one night stands and friends with benefits and deep, tumultuous, passionate love affairs that take us to places we didn’t know were possible.
Just to be clear, I do often use “dude” as a “gender-neutral” term, especially when I’m excited, but if that ever makes you uncomfortable or you feel I’m not respecting your gender, you can tell me to stop because me getting to use a certain word is not even close to being as important as you being comfortable around me, okay?
This is a good attitude to have about the word “dude”
Children and teenagers can handle a lesbian or gay orientation within themselves. What they cannot handle is the trauma of concealing it, not being able to express it or talk about it, and the negativity surrounding it by others around them.
-- Joe Kort, gay affirmative therapy for the straight clinician (via disabledbyculture)