1. “‘Homosexual’ has the ring of ‘colored’ now, in the way your grandmother might have used that term, except that it hasn’t been recuperated in the same way.” The New York Times with a report on “The decline a...
I think it’s wonderful to be homosexual. I, for one, am a proud homosexual Atlantan. I am also a member of the gay community, or the LGBTQI community, or, you know, I’m “family.”
For many years I have advocated for the proud and unashamed use of the word “homosexual” in order to reclaim it as a positive word.
As news editor of Atlanta Progressive News, I have used the word pretty consistently and published an editorial policy statement about it in 2006. Over the years, I have had a lot of debates with friends and colleagues about it. Recently, I received a call from State Rep. Karla Drenner, who insisted she is not homosexual; she is a lesbian.
The word “homosexual” is not negative; it’s descriptive, but when we imbue it with pride, we make it a positive word