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Hi. Does equality too far refer to there is impossible for the equality between gays and heterosexuals?
Law and Tdol,
Thank you very much for your helpful replies.
Tdol, you once told me that it is considered offensive to use homosexuals when I refer to gay or lesbians.
When I used heterosexual here, I hesitated, because I don't know whether or not it is offensive. Could you please advise on it? Thank you!
Heterosexual is fine, and straight is also used.
And I probably said that homosexual might be considered offensive.
I'm a little confused by your post Tdol. Am I to understand that the suggestion is that "homosexual" might be considered offensive but "gay" wouldn't?
If so, I'm rather surprised. I would have thought that most people would consider that using the "scientific" (if that's the right word) definition for a group of people would always be the least offensive. Hence "homosexual" and "heterosexual" would be safer bets than "gay" and "straight". And of course "bisexual" would be the third obvious member of that group of words.
I can't quite see how you can say that "heterosexual" is fine but that "homosexual" might be considered offensive.
If the people in a group prefer a certain term, I am happy to use it, and there has been some objection to homosexual. It may be a scientific term, but until 1990 homosexuality was classified as a mental disease in the International Classification of Diseases- I can see why people prefer gay, lesbian or LGBT. It is not an entirely neutral term and I think the analogy with heterosexuality doesn't work fully. If I had had my sexuality classified a a mental disorder, I might well prefer another term for it.
I know some people use it and don't mean any offence, and habits change slowly, which is why I said it might be considered offensive rather than it was, but I would recommend to any learner to use a term that will frighten no horses. It's not the standard term and has some history.
Good question, which I was going to ask Tdol.
Thank you very much for your elucidation.