Originally Posted by Rick336
The same thing happens to me sometimes. I have a good friend who's a straight Christian fundamentalist who's cool that I'm gay. But a couple of times I've had to correct him about the term "gay lifestyle". He had no clue that the term is offensive to a lot of gay people. So I explained to him why it was offensive and he stopped saying it.
It's irritating to me when I hear the term "lifestyle" and all related words and phrases, from none other than our own gay TV channels and magazines. When we stop using the offensive (and incorrect) terminology, then we maybe can expect some progress from non-GLBT people. I try to make a conscientious effort not to use terms that I feel set me back. Not perfect yet - maybe not ever - but hopefully one step at a time we'll convince the others this is NOT a lifestyle 'choice'. AGHHHH!
The fight is on, in Arizona and California. And did I hear something happening in Florida? (Will have to research that but been so busy with school lately!) I believe we have a better chance to defeat our anti-equality measure here in CA than the one in AZ, but I don't think it's a given. Equality's opposition will stop at nothing to use personal prejudices to take away rights and protections of those they don't feel deserve equal treatment. We've go to do all we can to stop their repeated attempts.
I hope this anti-equality effort in AZ will again see defeat and eventually the opposition will give up.