Earlier this month, a census was distributed by the Toronto District School Board to students in Grades 9 through 12 ... The next question is, "What is your ethnic or cultural background." Out of the 34 options, religious affiliation is nowhere to be found. Too sensitive a question, I guess. Identity politics seems to have written religious groups out of existence ... Immediately after this, almost as if a sub-category of the above, appears what for children might be the most personal question of all: "How do you identify your sexual orientation?" The options present a bewildering menu for even the most broad- minded of families: "Heterosexual (straight), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Two-spirited, Questioning, and Not Sure." It's probably a failing in my education, but the distinctions that no doubt exist between gay and queer, bisexual and two-spirited, transgender and transsexual, were beyond me.