A Gay Math Question?!
Bless the universe for gay math questions.
Former Ireland’s Got Talent 2018 Semi-finalist Paul Ryder tweeted out a question that has the internet pretty excited.
Ryder shared the image of a math question involving a gay couple. To go with that image, he captioned it, “Friend of mine is a teacher and just sent this to our WhatsApp group saying she’d never seen anything like it before.”
The specific question asks, “Craig buys his boyfriend a birthday present that costs €215.65 including VAT @ 13.5 percent. What was the original bill before VAT was added?”
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
What’s great about this tweet and the math question found in a real textbook is that it normalizes same-sex relationships. It doesn’t make the gay couple out to be this big deal (even though it very much is), and it shows pride in just its everyday-ness.
Many people on twitter felt the same about the inclusion of the math question. Because of that, the original tweet has already earned 1,792 likes, 286 retweets, and 59 people talking about it.
And, of course, the people talking all had loving and funny things to say about the tweet.
I think it's great too… BUT – What we really want to know is, what did Craig buy for his boyfriend?
— Will St Leger 🔺 (@WillStLeger) April 16, 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
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
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
Now that's diversity in a maths exam!
— Gayle Hann (@hann_gayle) April 18, 2018
To round it out, 30-year-old Paul Ryder shared an additional comment about the math question that sums it up for everyone.
“Makes me smile to see how far things have come since I was in school which was a shite experience for me.”
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