Sodomy Laws Historically used to selectively persecute gay people, the state laws often referred to as «sodomy laws» were ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in Lawrence v. Texas (2003). «Sodomy» should never be used to describe relationships or sexual orientation.
TERMS TO AVOID «homosexual» (n. or adj.) Because of the clinical history of the word “homosexual,” it is aggressively used by anti-LGBTQ activists to suggest that people attracted to the same sex are somehow diseased or psychologically/emotionally disordered – notions discredited by the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association in the 1970s. Please also avoid using «homosexual» as a style variation simply to avoid repeated use of the word «gay.» Many mainstream news outlets’ style guides restrict use of the term «homosexual.»
BEST PRACTICE gay (adj.); gay man or lesbian (adj., n.); gay person/people Use gay, lesbian, or when appropriate, bisexual, pansexual, or queer to describe people attracted to people of the same gender or more than one gender. Ask people how they describe themselves before labeling their sexual orientation.
BEST PRACTICE relationship, couple (or, if necessary, gay/lesbian/same-sex couple), sex, etc
TERMS TO AVOID «homosexual relations/relationship,» «homosexual couple,» «homosexual sex,» etc. Identifying a same-sex couple as «a homosexual couple,» characterizing their relationship as «a homosexual relationship,» or identifying their intimacy as «homosexual sex» should be avoided. These constructions are frequently used by anti-LGBTQ activists to denigrate LGBTQ people, couples, and relationships.
As a rule, try to avoid labeling an activity, emotion, or relationship gay, lesbian, bisexual, or queer unless you would call the same activity, emotion, or relationship «straight» if engaged in by someone of another orientation.
TERMS TO AVOID «sexual preference» The term «sexual preference» is typically used to inaccurately suggest that being attracted to the same sex is a choice and therefore can and should be «cured» or «changed
BEST PRACTICE sexual orientation or orientation Sexual orientation is the accurate description of an person’s enduring physical, romantic, and/or emotional attraction to people of the same gender and/or people of a different gender, and is inclusive of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and pansexual, as well as straight people.
TERMS TO AVOID «gay lifestyle,» “LGBTQ lifestyle,” «homosexual lifestyle,» or «transgender lifestyle» There is no single “LGBTQ lifestyle.” LGBTQ people are diverse in the ways they lead their lives. The phrases «gay lifestyle,» “LGBTQ lifestyle,” «homosexual lifestyle,» and «transgender lifestyle» are used https://hookupdate.net/pl/freelocaldates-recenzja/ to denigrate LGBTQ people by inaccurately suggesting that their sexual orientation and/or gender identity is a choice and therefore can and should be «cured» or «changed.»
While some in the community have reclaimed and use these words to describe themselves, the criteria for mainstream news media in using these derogatory terms should be the same as those applied to vulgar epithets used to target other groups: they should not be used except in a direct quote that reveals the bias of the person quoted or if a LGBTQ person uses the term to describe themself. So that such words are not given credibility in the media, it is preferred that reporters say, «The person used a derogatory word for a lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer person» except when a LGBTQ person uses the term to describe themself.
The notion that being LGBTQ is a psychological disorder was discredited by the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association in the 1970s. Words such as deviant,» «diseased» and «disordered» are sometimes used to portray LGBTQ people as less than human, mentally ill, or as a danger to society. Words such as these should be avoided in stories about the LGBTQ community. If they must be used, they should be quoted directly in a way that clearly reveals the bias of the person being quoted.