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Sat Dec 21, 2013, 11:57 AM

74. Not excusing this, but I really do want you to know that

teens today do NOT mean "homosexual" when they say, "gay."

My son and his friends are very tolerant. They think that homosexuals can't marry is idiotic. They can't imagine why anyone would be bullied for being homosexual and just, in general, don't think of homosexuals as any different than their heterosexual friends. BUT, they do use the term, "gay" - to describe something stupid.

I once asked him why they use that term and did he really hate gay people. He said, "No, Mom. "Gay" doesn't mean that anymore. Well, not for us. It just means 'stupid'." He went onto say that, while the term, "gay" is still sometimes used to describe homosexual people, the term isn't used as much anymore because most people just don't care what your sexuality is and, therefore, don't describe others solely based on that ONE descriptor. For example, someone who is annoying AND gay is simply, "annoying" and someone who is cool AND gay is simply, "cool."

I realize, given your age (which is exactly mine if you use 43 to describe your whole life) that you have endured the good, bad and ugly use of the term, "gay," and I am in NO WAY minimizing your struggle.

I really did just want to let you know that a lot of teens, these days, don't see it as an insult because they don't really use it to describe people anymore. It's used exclusively in the South Park vernacular - so maybe that bit of irony has come full circle.

Either way:

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