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Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning Terms

  • Queer Eye for the Straight Community © 2004 by Joe Kort. All rights reserved www.menstuff.org

    Over the years other minority groups have changed how they wish to be referred to in an attempt to change how they are treated. A good example of this is . . .

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  • Sticks and Stones Will Break My Bones by Joe Kort, MSW copyright 2004

    When I was a young boy, degrading, humiliating names like “faggot” and “queer” were hurled at me repeatedly. Today, younger kids and teenagers use the word "gay" to degrade and humiliate others. "That is so gay!" you can hear in school corridors and in the malls. It’s reminiscent of slang expressions like, "I ed him down," or "I was gypped.” These verbs have become so overused that people use them without even knowing where they originated or how it offends people.

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