https://www.duolingo.com/vinicombee

LGBT German Club

I tried to join like a million clubs and they're all full so I made my own for us LGBT folk who are learning German so we can all come together and have a fun time.

Code: 3SDXSC

August 30, 2017

35 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/vinicombee

Nobody has even joined the club. :( All this has done is spark backlash and overall, it has sparked hatred, which is the polar opposite of what I intended to inspire when making this club. I'm nothing but disappointed, honestly, mainly in myself for even trying, seeing what I have received in return.

My apologies to everyone that had to be involved in this, of course I knew I would get some people who disagree with me, that will be a constant throughout my life as it will everyone. But I didn't expect it to be in this scale. Like I said, I intended to make friends here, not enemies. Clearly, that didn't go to plan, and for that I am sorry.

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/BLRT2000

There's just so many nasty people online. I don't think you made a mistake to advertise this club! Have some lingots. :)

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/vinicombee

Thank you very much. :D

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/BLRT2000

You're welcome. ^^ Hope you're doing well and don't let the hate get to you. We're all here to learn and have fun while doing it. :)

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MasterZsword

You have a friend in me.

That was cheesy, but I mean it.

Look, my religion implicitly refers to homosexuality, or anything LGBT related, as an abomination, an act of evil. Though, my religion also taught me to love everyone, regardless of who they are and what they believe. So, no matter how I may personally feel on these subjects, I will never try to lash at a person who identifies with anything involving LGBT. I have an obligation to respect everyone, and that includes you. ^ ^

I didn't comment to preach, so I'll stop rambling. But, you can consider me a friend, only if you like!

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/vinicombee

Of course. ^-^ Thank you so much.

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MasterZsword

Oh, you're welcome!

I'm not sure if I can join since I'm straight and a non-transgender... Also, I think you need the app for clubs, which is something I can't obtain. I could be wrong about the app thing, though. Do you need the app for clubs?

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/vinicombee

Yeah I'm pretty sure you need the app, either that or clubs are just really hard to find on desktop :(

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/vinicombee

The thing that annoys me about all this backlash the most is that this group was made so that like minded people could come together and have a nice group to socialise and compete with new friends while learning a language, and people are angry about that. Like, how dare I want to socialise with people whom I have things in common with. Disgusting, I know.

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MasterZsword

Nothing is wrong with it. If there is a problem, then I guess the book club I'm apart of in college is also disgusting.

I think people get offended too easily. You go and have this club. No one should tell you otherwise.

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Qiunnn

The only think I actually have a problem with is being told that society doesnt actaully discriminate against LGBT people and we are victimising ourselves. (not by you btw)

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Qiunnn

Lmao gay people can't even socialise without a backlash, this proves it.

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

boom. mic drop.

August 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Maldito23

Hi, Vinicombee!

I am not here to rag on your club or you for creating it, but I do find the concept kind of odd and was wondering if you would mind going into your reasoning as to why it is needed/desired.

The Duolingo clubs are extremely limited with regards to communication within the membership (i.e. there are a couple canned responses and some emojis) so interaction is primarily focused on the spirit of competition. Creating a club to get a little competition going with your fellow German (or whatever) learners to help motivate each other to get a little extra studying in totally makes sense. What doesn't make sense to me is how knowing everyone in the group also belongs to the LGBT community adds to the experience.

I understand why an LGBT community is important. Having a community of people who are in the same situation is vital for building support networks, meeting people you might be interested in fostering a relationship with, and just generally finding a social context where you can feel at home and be yourself in. Since you presumably are already a part of this community I am a little baffled as to why you would look to import it into a language learning group. If anything, it seems like a good opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone and get the chance to learn with people from other walks of life. For me getting the chance to interact with people I might not otherwise interact with has been one of the more rewarding experiences of learning a new language.

Best of luck with your group!

August 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/RedAngel666

Hi,

this thread is very interesting. The good thing is, I didn't read any hatefull or pejorative things. But still these 4 (sometimes 5) immediately provoke a more or less emotional discussion. The reason to put these letters in front of clubs and things like that it shows people that this is a place where you can be/feel who you are also if you are not are/feel like most of the people. And for many it can be a refugium. Nothing more but also nothing less.

These are places you can feel welcome no matter who you love (what's of course a private thing). If you join places (virtual or physical) you know what you find and that you all you should bring with you is tolerance and acceptance, no qualification, just that. And then is straight also just word.

Nobody is forced nobody is pushed to join. Just another offer to club. That a simple "who wants to learn german" club with this 4 letters in it's name starts a discussion like this and shows this places are still not useless.

This is an announcement of a new club in duolingo. It's not a discussion of who is where a discriminated minority. It shouldn't be!

The most of us are here to learn other languages to learn about other people other cultures other ways to see the world. Please tell me, we are.

Regards Angel

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/vinicombee

Very well put, thank you. <3

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/RedAngel666

Hi vini,

so joined the club an will do the course the next days. Although I am german this training will (hopefully) improve my cr***y english and maybe I can be a little help if there are questions.

Best Regards Angel

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/antman66959

so how do you join?!

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/vinicombee

You have to have the duolingo app to access clubs, click the club tab on the app and there should be an option saying something like "I have a club code", click on that and enter the code: 3SDXSC , then you'll have joined!

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/antman66959

I am on the computer so thanks!!!!!!

August 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/antman66959

Wait then how do you join on a computer

August 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/vinicombee

clubs aren't available on desktop sorry :S

August 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/antman66959

Its alright >:/

August 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/antman66959

:-<I am upset I can't join but here are some lingots!!!

August 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Thakelo

I'm surprised how people who are learning languages (in order to connect with others) can also be so intolerant. Hipocresy at its finest! Those people need to get out more and actually travel and see what really matters in the world.

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/swingbeatnik7

Support for you from here bud. Don't let people distract you from your happiness.

August 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/antman66959

Ich bin lesen einen Deutschland

August 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Hi vinicombee,

I don't know if you got my message. In case you didn't, I'm not learning German so I can't join your German club. But, I am learning Japanese and you're welcome to join my Japanese club over here. ^_^

rainbow bunny

August 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Art3mis1184

Hi, I'm joining!

December 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Art3mis1184

This is such a great idea and I support you fully with this!

December 13, 2018
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