We Need to Stop Using the Word Gay as a Derogatory Term. Now.

I am a writer. I love words. Words have power. Words have the ability to make someone feel amazing. Yet they also have the power to cut someone like a knife. When I was growing up, it was perfectly acceptable to use the word gay. It was used to describe something you thought was stupid or dumb or ugly. I can't remember once in my life ever being told not to use that word, that way. That perhaps it could be offensive to someone. But it was a much simpler…

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