Oxford Dictionary: Remove the adjective definition of 'Gay' meaning foolish, stupid or unimpressive
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Oxford Dictionary: Remove the adjective definition of 'Gay' meaning foolish, stupid or unimpressive

    1. Thomas Wales
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      Thomas Wales

      Wakefield, United Kingdom

Homophobic language is at an all-time high, and being an LGB Young Person is hard enough without having to hear offensive language on a daily basis; whether it is used as an insult or not these words still have impacts.

We should be living in a society where being gay shouldn't be an insult. You wouldn't say 'thats so disabled' or 'stop being so black', so why should we accept it with gay? Using the word gay in this adjective way is homophobic.

If homophobic bullying goes unchallenged in our schools, it can have severe negative consequences for young people.  Homophobic bullying also impacts on young people's self-esteem and ambitions and Stonewall’s Gay and Bisexual Men's Health Guide and Prescription for Change shows that lesbian, gay and bisexual young people are more likely to self-harm and contemplate suicide.

I believe having the word 'Gay' defined as this in the dictionary is adding to the issue; and it really does not have to be listed in there under this ignorant and homophobic habit. We should be challenging homophobic language.

Together, we may be able to remove the informal adjective of the word ‘gay’ from the Oxford Dictionary. 

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. The biggest challenge LGBT face is other people's language

      Thomas Wales
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      Comment: The biggest challenge LGBT face is other people's language

      LGBT youth volunteer Thomas Wales writes for PinkNews on the need for society to do more to stamp out homophobic language. Following the equal marriage bill receiving the overwhelming support of MPs this month, the LGBT community are almost equal in law.

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      Thomas Wales
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      Should 'Gay' be in the Oxford English Dictonary defined as meaning foolish, stupid or unimpressive? I think it is stupid, foolish and unimpressive for it to be defined as this, sign this e-petition and let's start tackling homophobia and homophobic bullying.

      Oxford Dictionary: Remove the adjective definition of 'Gay' meaning foolish, stupid or unimpressive

      Homophobic language is at an all-time high, and being an LGB Young Person is hard enough without having to hear offensive language on a daily basis;...

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 10 months ago

      The only queer people are those who don't love anybody.

      About all you can do is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won't like you at all.

      I became a lesbian because of women, because women are beautiful, strong and compassionate.

      (Rita Mae Brown)

      I love, cherish, and respect women in my mind, in my heart, and in my soul. This love of women is the soil in which my life is roo ted. It is the soil of our common life together. My life grows out of this soil. In any other soil, I would die. In whatever ways I am strong, I am strong because of the power and passion of this nurturant love.

      Feminist art is not some tiny creek running off the great river of real art. It is not some crack in an otherwise flawless stone. It is, quite spectacularly I think, art which is not based on the subjugation of one half of the species. It is art which will take the great human themes--love, death, heroism, suffering, history itself--and render them fully human. It may also, though perhaps our imaginations are so mutilated now that we are incapable even of the ambition, introduce a new theme, one as great and as rich as those others--should we call it "joy"

      (Andrea Dworkin)

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    • Ruth McPherson STRATHPEFFER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      I've heard this so much in my school and it's so offensive. I know so many young people self-harming and contemplating suicide, mostly because of this. It's horrid and this sort of stuff should never be in a dictionary!

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    • Gianni Baldi SOLIHULL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      Unity

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    • DJ Brown BOSTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      It is offensive to use this definition, if the ’N’ word was treated this way or any other racial term there would be hell to pay. Homophobia is bad enough in the UK without the OED bolstering it with this definition. This is why it is used in such an appalling way by school children. Now we know where they picked this definition up from.

      We should be proud enough to use the term Homosexual but that has been taken from us.

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    • Scott Gilmour PAISLEY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      People think homophobic language and abuse occurs in isolated incidents, those you hear or read about in the news. Sadly, this isn't the case. Sure, I don't get beaten up every day and for that I am thankful, but I do regularly hear homophobic language when people don't suspect I'm gay, or get called things when I'm out and about - recently, in Asda when I was shopping with my partner. Neither of us are 'obviously gay' that is to say, 'draw attention' to ourselves yet our proximity indicates to people that we are a couple (his English accent separates us from being family) yet we still experience this... I hate to imagine what those designated more 'flamboyant' go through. As you can see, there are many terms and phrases used to describe gay people as it is without knowing that my nephew is going to grow up and read in the dictionary how his gay uncle is somehow deficient.

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