I taught in a Catholic high school for eight years before becoming a UU minister. One of my biggest pet peeves was hearing students say something was “gay” when they meant they didn’t like something or something was dumb or silly or ridiculous or didn’t make sense. “Oh, that’s so gay.”
I cringed not only because of the injustice of the negagive labeling, but because every time I heard it, I remembered a less enlightened, younger version of myself using the same phrase the same way as a boy growing up.
I just saw a post from a friend on facebook who works with the GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) about a series of ads released by GLESN and the Ad Council. They’re the first Pro-GLBTQA ads and are all based on the saying “That’s so gay”.
You can view them all at Think Before You Speak.