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    homosexual socialy correct?

    Can I substitute "a male homosexual" for a gay and "a female homosexual" for a lesbian?

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    Re: homosexual socialy correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Can I substitute "a male homosexual" for a gay and "a female homosexual" for a lesbian?
    Yes.

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    Re: homosexual socialy correct?

    Can't "a gay" be a woman too?

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    Re: homosexual socialy correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Can't "a gay" be a woman too?
    Yes.

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    Re: homosexual socialy correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Can't "a gay" be a woman too?


    It's used to refer to female ones too.

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    #6

    Re: homosexual socialy correct?

    I suggest you not use gay as a noun in any case.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #7

    Re: homosexual socialy correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Can I substitute "a male homosexual" for a gay and "a female homosexual" for a lesbian?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Ostap,

    (1) You have asked a very sensitive and delicate question that must be

    answered in a very careful manner.

    (2) If you wish to be "socially correct," I believe that people now refer

    to the GLBT community, i.e., gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender

    community.

    (3) Here in the United States, I believe, people who wish to be

    "socially" correct refer to someone as being "gay" or "a gay." I agree with

    the other posters that the word can apply to both males and females.

    (4) If you come to the United States and keep referring to people as

    "homosexual," some people would interpret that as meaning that you

    do not approve of that particular orientation. For example, there are

    some organizations and individuals that oppose that orientation and

    refuse to use the word "gay." They feel that using the word would

    show approval of that particular orientation. They often criticize the

    "homosexual lifestyle" or "homosexual agenda."

    Bottom line: If you do not wish to hurt anyone's feelings or

    anger anyone, you should stay with the noun/adjective gay.

    P.S. Of course, in medical or psychological literature, it would

    not be an insult to use the word homosexual (if, for example, the

    writer were also referring to heterosexuals).

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    Re: homosexual socialy correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I suggest you not use gay as a noun in any case.
    Why is it better? I think "gay" as an adjective is much more often used, but I've seen "a gay" too. Does is sound wrong to you?

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    Re: homosexual socialy correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Why is it better? I think "gay" as an adjective is much more often used, but I've seen "a gay" too. Does is sound wrong to you?
    As Barb implied in post #6, it is preferable to use "gay" as an adjective. "A gay man" rather than "a gay."

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    #10

    Re: homosexual socialy correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Why is it better? I think "gay" as an adjective is much more often used, but I've seen "a gay" too. Does is sound wrong to you?
    I am not a teacher.

    It's political correctness, but of a rather benevolent kind. The idea is to not turn people into things (There's a split infinitive for ya.). Once he becomes "a gay" rather than "a human being", we can treat him like an object, and we have defined him narrowly. All he is now is this thing that is other than us, and we have put him at a distance. A "gay man" remains a man. Sometimes I sound like a teacher or preacher.

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