“fag,” “faggot,” “dyke,” “homo,” “queen,” “she-male,” “he-she,” “tranny” and similar epithets.
The criteria for using these derogatory terms should be the same as those applied to hate words for other groups: they should not be used except in a direct quote which reveals the bias of the person quoted. So that such words are not given credibility in the media, it is preferred that reporters say “the person used an obscene or profane word for a lesbian, gay man or transgender person.”
“deviant,” “disordered,” “dysfunctional,” “diseased,” “perverted,” “destructive” and similar descriptions
The notion that homosexuality is a psychological disorder was discredited by the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association in the 1970s. Today, words such as “deviant,” “diseased” and “disordered” often are used to portray lesbians and gay men as less than human, mentally ill, or as a danger to society. Words such as these should be avoided in stories about the lesbian and gay community. If they must be used, they should be quoted directly in a way that reveals the bias of the person being quoted.
Associating homosexuality with pedophilia, child sexual abuse, bestiality and incest.
Homosexuality is not synonymous with pedophilia, child sexual abuse, bestiality and/or incest. These associations often are used to suggest that lesbians and gay men pose a threat to society, and to children in particular. Such suggestions are defamatory and should be avoided, except in a direct quote which reveals the bias of the person quoted.
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