Be Proactive … Develop an environment of respect and caring for all students in your school and classroom using inclusive language, books and other materials. Mo, London I am a secondary school teacher and hear 'gay' in a number of contexts every day. Most of the time, young people don't want to offend. The guerilla plant. Conversely, a person may identify as gay without having had sex with a same-sex partner. Higher education LGBT rights blogposts. Someone will always be offended in the terms being used, but really try and look at how it's being said before being offended.
How 'gay' became children's insult of choice.
Gay was the preferred term since other terms, such as queerwere felt to be derogatory. This page was last edited on 12 Juneat No doubt, a new socially acceptable casual word for "homosexual" will emerge in coming years once "gay" takes precedence as a negative term. Most Popular Now 56, people are reading stories on the site right now.
Ensure that all members of the school community understand what the policies are and why they are important.