LGBTQ+

Materials that may show you different points of view about human rights in societies worldwide.

Lesbian

Gay

Bi

Trans

Queer

+ –> (pansexual, intersex, asexual and others)

“There’s nothing wrong with loving who you are”

She said, “‘Cause he made you perfect, babe”

“So hold your head up girl and you’ll go far”

“No matter gay, straight, or bi

Lesbian, transgendered life

I’m on the right track baby

I was born to survive”

The US 2012: Before the change of law…
Israel 2015: Reactions to ruling of America’s highest court in recognizing same sex marriage
The US 2017: The voice of a 7th grader
What has changed in comparison to the situation described in 2012 by LZ Granderson in the TED talk above?
Poland 2020: Is Poland the most homophobic country? 
What is your opinion?

TASK

Write a short note on what you think the government should change to make the LGBTQ+ community feel safer in Poland.

Different faces of love

Elton John sings about gay love that is seen as something not real, something imaginary. The society does not accept the fact that it may be true love.

Listen to the song and do the task below.

Exercise

Read the lyrics below and listen to the song again to find 7 errors. When you finish, check your answers.

Elton’s song (with errors)

Staring all alone
And your grace and style
Cut me to the bone
With your razor blade smile
I watched you playing cool
It’s all around the school that I love you
 
I love your gypsy hair
And dark blue eyes
Always unprepared
For your pointed replies
Cynical and lean
I lie awake and dream about you
 
If you only knew
What I’m going through
Time and again I get ashamed
To call your name
It’s hard to grin and bear
When you’re standing here
My lips are dry
I catch your eye and look away
Sitting in my garden
I’ve got it bad
Crying for the moon
They think I’m sad
They say it isn’t real
But I know what I feel and I love you
But I would give my life
For a single day beside you
 
Authors: Elton John / Tom Robinson
Elton’s Song lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind
 
Source:
Elton's Song Lyrics
Lyrics to Elton's Song by Elton John from the The Fox album – including song video, artist biography, translations and more!
 
 
GRAMMAR: If only…

In the song above, Elton John is using the phrase ‘If you only  knew what I’m going through’ to express his regret that the person he is in love with does not know the situation.

To revise this structure check the explanation and exercises here:

'wish' and 'if only'
Do you know how to use wish and if only to talk about things you would like to change?

More practice:

Wishes and regrets – I wish / if only – Test-English
Wishes and regrets. I wish you did. I wish you would do. I wish you had done. I wish, if only. If only I were. Upper-intermediate English grammar.

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