Campaign Against "That's So Gay"

Thinkb4YouSpeak.com has been running a campaign to raise awareness about derogatory use of the word "gay". To drive the message home are posters of a jock, a cheerleader and a gamer.

The posters include obviously stereotypical slogans to help drive the issue home—that is the point, you know!

"Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens experience homophobic remarks and harassment throughout the school day, creating an atmosphere where they feel disrespected, unwanted and unsafe," says the site.

"Homophobic remarks such as "that's so gay" are the most commonly heard; these slurs are often unintentional and a common part of teens' vernacular," the site continues. "Most do not recognise the consequences, but the casual use of this language often carries over into more overt harassment".

It's often easy to blow stuff off like this as simply saying "oh, no biggie, it's just a word", and it's often easier for those who the slurs disrespect to say that. It's not so much the word itself. Words are a collection of sounds and letters. It's the baggage the word carries and the meaning behind it that's the problem.

Think before you speak [Official Site via GamePolitics]


Comments

    Dude don't blame gamers for problems society ultimately is to blame for...gamers didn't exist 50 years ago when homosexuality was still taboo in Western society. Seriously these guys would do better to spend their budget on advertising in the real world rather than to gamers...cause u know we change the world? LAME

    i think ive collected at least 100 games probably more, having that many friends that id have to see would just be awful really

    Cry me a river

    Who possibly has time to say all that in a retort. It's funny they've attacked gamers who have a long history of being called geeks, nerds and worse.

    Good to see some understanding from people who read the site. Seriously, try a bit of empathy once in a while. Being constantly equated to anything that's shit would be awful. I can completely understand where the campaign is coming from (even if I don't think it will make a lick of difference).

      Thankyou, Jay, for making a reasonable comment on the issue - you basically said what I was thinking before I had a chance to say it.

      Jay, at least you're clearly more intelligent than these other knobs who have commented thus far.

    you can't own a word

    Homosexuals adopted this word and made it their own. When someone else tries to do the same thing they get angry.

    Gay.

    The word being used as a negative slang comment is actually spelt Ghey, it is an entirely different word from the one used to describe a homosexual person. They just sound alike.

    Dear activists,

    Do us a favour and return to castle gheyskull.

    Is it just me or does the text in that poster make absolutely no sense what so ever?

    simply put ppl need to grow thicker skins, if someone called me a name of similar meaning i wouldnt care.....because i would get on with my life.

    they would be much better off spending the money on finding a cure for aids imho.

    this all stems from this touchy feely political correctness, welcome to the real world ppl. everyone gets called names no matter if your white,black,homosexual or straight.

    its about how you deal with that matters.

    I researched ancient china once, and there was a time in which homosexuals were very highly regarded... i think they still are in some cultures.

    Anyways, i found pictures of antique gay guys doing each other and it turns out that they had a better ocnnection to god or something...

    Someday the same will happen to us lol

    I find it ironic that a site using 'B4' in it's name is having a cry at the 'misuse' of a word.

    Oh wait, no I don't. I guess they just FAIL AT ENGLISH.

    Definitions of gay on the Web:

    * cheery: bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer; "a cheery hello"; "a gay sunny room"; "a sunny smile"
    * full of or showing high-spirited merriment; "when hearts were young and gay"; "a poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company"- Wordsworth; "the jolly crowd at the reunion"; "jolly old Saint Nick"; "a jovial old gentleman"; "have a merry Christmas"; "peals of merry laughter"; "a mirthful ...
    * given to social pleasures often including dissipation; "led a gay Bohemian life"; "a gay old rogue with an eye for the ladies"
    * brave: brightly colored and showy; "girls decked out in brave new dresses"; "brave banners flying"; "`braw' is a Scottish word"; "a dress a bit too gay for her years"; "birds with gay plumage"
    * offering fun and gaiety; "a festive (or festal) occasion"; "gay and exciting night life"; "a merry evening"
    * homosexual or arousing homosexual desires
    wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

    How about that? Its not just associated with homosexuality! What's that? Sarcasm? Yes! That exists too!

    The world is full of surprises!

    I propose that all gamers replace their use of the word 'gay' with the word 'homo'..

    There I fixed it..

    Seriously.. every gay guy Ive ever spoken to about the subject understands its a commonly used term and takes no offence by it..

    Also.. if this organisation is particularly looking to stop the harrasment of homosexual teens then theny should have researched their target audience a little better seeing the average age of a gamer is well above the teenagers they are trying to help out..

    This campaign is so gay

    I have gay friends that use the word gay...

    Deal with it, I'm all for gay marriage and equality, it doesn't bother me. But I'm not going to stop saying something is 'gay'.

      Also in world of warcraft we use the term 'ghei' because you can get banned for saying gay.

    This is so gay.

    The word gay means more than homosexual. Initially it meant bright, pleasant and fun, and after being used as slang to classify homosexuals, it is now used to show that something is not cool.

    Homosexual people shouldn't get offended by this word! They should try walking in a dark-skinned persons shoes. Now _THAT_ word doesn't have many other meanings...

    Dont buy into this political correctness bullshit.

    Fuck it.

    My daughter had a gay female teacher in Grade 5 and all of the 'budding' adolescents (10&11) were, rightly, oblivious to her sexual preference...I wasn't going to tell either.They all know now, 4 years on.
    Anyway all of the girls would say(twice a day usually)"That's so gay!" when talking about life issues and the poor teacher's reply, bless her socks,was, "That doesn't have a sexuallity."
    As my daughter 'used' to say, "Build a bridge and get over it." F.J.

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