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Gemma Benefer. Radio Enthusiast. Feminist. Hard-worker and Perfectionist. Lover of Music, Camping, Musical Theatre and Films. Bookworm.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Should it be "gay" or should it be "homosexual"?

Bit of a random one, but we were discussing gay marriage at work today (on air) and someone actually phoned in to request we don't use the word "gay" anymore. The person said that surely "homosexual" is the more accurate word. 

Well I can understand where they were coming from though. If you think about it, and as they told me, "gay" was once used as a girl's name back in the day, and by definition it actually means happy, giddy and 'light' or to some extent. You know what I mean. 

Though I can see their reasoning, a part of me smiled to myself because if it were me, I don't think I would really be that offended at being called 'gay'.

Think about it.

If gay is defined as being all those happy and wonderful things, then why wouldn't you want to be called that?

Yes, by all means, homosexual would be the more accurate word, but what a huge compliment to be recognised as gay. Because you're happy. You're happy with your partner and you're in love! 

Perhaps I'm being daft for noticing, but being called "straight" seems a bit boring in comparison. Where's our fun name? Perhaps we should make one up! 

I'm so proud to be part of a generation that is accepting of people who like to be a bit different and don't do the normal thing. It's especially great, not being biased here, to have "gay" friends because they're genuinely some of the most honest people I have ever met! They're so full of confidence and it's infectious! 

So next time you call someone "gay" or maybe you're even called it yourself, see it as a bit of a compliment. You must look happy! That's the way I see it anyway! 

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