'It', by which I mean the afore-mentioned Vanidy 'Van' Bailey, is now the first permanent 'thing' to be in charge of - and please give me a moment here - the bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender and queer (pheeew, did I forget anybody?) student life of Harvard University. According to The Harvard Crimson, via those subversive ratbags at IHTM, 'it's first task "would be setting goals for the upcoming academic year." Alas, 'it' has not actually specified what these goals will be for the - hang on, let me take a breath - bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender and queer student life of Harvard University. Imagination is left to run riot!
Now you may be wondering at my unusual lack of manners, this blog being, of course, always gentlemanly in every respect, in referring to Vanidy 'Van' Bailey as 'it' and 'thing', but the fact is that I am doing so at 'its' request. You see, the staff writer reporting on this great story, Nathalie R. Miraval, dropped a bit of a bollock - ooops, no she couldn't do that being a girlie - I mean, she made a boo-boo by referring to 'thing' as "her" and "she" and was instantly reprimanded and forced to add a correction to her story:
An earlier version of this article used the pronoun "she" to refer to Vanidy "Van" Bailey, the newly appointed director of bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer student life. In fact, Bailey prefers not to be referred to by any gendered pronoun.
A total loopy-loo dipstick by any other name, or pronoun, remains a total loopy-loo dipstick. Being bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender and/or queer is an aggravation most people would prefer to avoid but God rolls the dice and the genes land where they will but given that extra problem in life would you really want 'thing' to be in charge of your, er, "goals"? Personally, I wouldn't want her in charge of sharpening pencils!
Oh God! A sudden thought, Nathalie is a girlie, isn't she?