A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that in the United States, the word gay has been used in a number of contexts that do not mean same-sex attraction.
In the article titled “How to avoid the word Gay” in the journal, the authors write:Gay is a misnomer.
The word is not used in the American English language to mean ‘a homosexual person.’
“Gay is not a mispronunciation of ‘gay,’ as the authors note.
It is a synonym for homosexual.
In their article, the researchers write:The American Dictionary of the English Language defines “gay” as:A person of the same sex, whose sexual orientation is not homosexual or bisexual.
The authors conclude that the word “gay,” which they define as a synonymous term with “homosexual,” has been misused in the context of homosexuality and lesbianism.
The use of the word in this way by the media, they write, is a deliberate and deliberate attempt to create confusion in the public mind and to undermine efforts to end prejudice.