Why Openly Gay Is An Offensive Term
I’m always curious about the way language and communication are constantly evolving, and it looks as if this time it’s the term “openly gay” that’s about to change. It’s a commentary by Rickie Jackson suggesting that the term, “openly gay,” is as toxic as so many others we’ve had to deal with. Keep an open mind with this one. At one time, they went ballistic when we took the word “gay.” But it evolved.
“Openly” applauds audaciousness, signaling that an out LGBTQ+ person is not the norm and this particular LGBTQ+ person isn’t as shameful as warranted. The term is for straight people, not for us. It is their marker, not ours.
Here’s the link. Jackson prefers the word “out” instead of “openly gay.” And I can’t say I disagree with him. I use the term, but there’s always been something about “openly gay” that’s bothered me.
A Gay Cop Pens His Opinion About Being Left Out of New York Pride Events
Here’s a piece that was written by an out gay police officer, Ravi Satkalmi, member of the Gay Officers Action League. For those who don’t know, the loudest members of the LGBTQ community in New York City (and other cities) decided to ban the police for the next 5 years from all Pride events. It’s interesting to me because when I was a gay kid who was terrified to be a gay kid and I heard about police officers coming out of the closet as gay, I felt so much better. I knew I wasn’t alone.
For the NYPD, that story begins with Sgt. Charles Henry Cochrane Jr., who in 1981 became the first active out gay officer in the then-136-year history of the department.
Here’s more. They get into the history of gay cops coming out.