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Culture Education Homosexuality

College: The Term ‘Homosexual’ is Offensive and Not Inclusive Enough…Use These Terms Instead

Campus Reform
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Emerson College now considers the term “homosexual” to be an offensive reference to gay or lesbian people, deeming only the latter two terms sufficiently inclusive.

According to a series of “Guidelines for Inclusive Language” published on the Boston school’s website, students should “avoid the use of homosexual and homosexual relationship” and rather “use gay or lesbian when describing people who are attracted to members of the same sex.”

The reference goes on to suggest dozens of other inclusive alternatives to popular terms, such as using “artificial” in place of “manmade” and “workforce” instead of “manpower.”

An entire section of the guide spells out the best linguistic practices for discussing the disabled, noting that “when referring to people with disabilities,” students should “emphasize the person first and then the disability,” such that the phrase “person with a disability” is used in place of “disabled person” or “han…

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