The tweet was posted by Ireland’s Got Talent 2018 semi-finalist Paul Ryder.
In a tweet, that now has over 2,000 retweets and likes, Ryder shows off a screenshot that was sent to him by one of his friends. The friend in question happens to be a teacher, and they were showing Ryder the amazing amount of diversity in their school’s maths textbooks, with an example of a gay couple.
The question is “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
Understandably many people were thrilled to get this representation.
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
Now that's diversity in a maths exam!
— Gayle Hann (@hann_gayle) April 18, 2018
Such a small thing that’s such a big step ????????☺️
— Just another gay boy. (@LewDowd) April 16, 2018
Maths books are the purest source of awkwardly awesome inclusivity, back to when Mary and Pranjit had to share out apples…
— C:DesktopUsersGaysMELLARD.exe (@MellardMuses) April 17, 2018
This is great to see. My lil girl loves the “McCain We Are Family Advert” it’s a great add we love that it mentions all types of families. Great to see that times are changing for the better ????????
— ⭐️AuDrEy❤️ (@Gizzmo79) April 16, 2018
However, with the price of Craig’s boyfriend’s gift being over €200, some wanted to know what exactly the gift was.
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
I mean, that's a decent amount to spend on a birthday present. We all need boyfriends like Craig
— Kim Louise (@Kinseys_speaks) April 17, 2018
Wow, the fact you can buy a present at 13.5% VAT. Thats usually only for services! Usually it's 23%! Also, what did Craig buy his Fella?!
— KMcC (@DarthKite) April 17, 2018
Speaking to INSIDER, Ryder commented, saying: “I think it’s a shock to see the school system getting on board with the changing Ireland we live in and it becoming the ‘norm,’ which helps the cause against bullying so much.”
And for those of you who may be wondering, the answer to the question is €190.