“Although society is far from perfect, I’m sure most would agree that in the past 200 years or so, we have come a tremendous way in terms of acceptance of one another. However, many still seem to think that using homophobic slurs are an appropriate and humorous way to ridicule others. I find it frustrating that some of my closest friends are still using language such as ‘that’s gay’, especially when there are some within my friendship circle who are themselves homosexual. Using sexuality as an insult continues to perpetuate the outdated concept that there is something ‘deviant’, ‘abnormal’ or generally ‘wrong’ about being gay. As a heterosexual male, I am fed up of witnessing ignorant slurs being thrown around in this manner, therefore I cannot even begin to imagine what it must be like for those who are gay and may constantly experience this form of beratement and alienation.
“Surely, as a generation, we are better educated and more socially aware, and are past insulting people for their sexuality?
“It is my hope that we will stop using the phrase ‘that’s gay’ and others like it, to mock individuals; that we’ll accept everyone for who they are, whether they identify as gay or any sexuality that isn’t seen as the ‘norm’, and to embrace that no one should be ostracised for the parts of their identity which they cannot change as a way to criticise something else.”
Photo credit: Harriet Evans
Editing: Ming Au