June 23, 2011

Using 'Gay' Epithetically

This campaign from GLSEN raises awareness of how in the last ten years or so the word gay has come to be used to mean uncool, worthy of derision, or worthy of rejection and how destructive that usage can be. Irrespective of one's beliefs concerning the morality of homosexuality, I don't think one should use the word gay epithetically because it could cause emotional harm to someone who is either gay or wondering if they might be. Considering the ongoing fact that gay young people commit suicide at much higher rates than their straight counter-parts, I think extra sensitivity is warranted. So, when you say (or hear someone say) "Dude, that's so gay!", imagine that you're gay and how that would make you feel.