Dictionary says homosexual is now gay
Online website Dictionary.com has revised its content, updating more than 15,000 entries, in an effort to reflect current times, especially in 2020.
Its aim, it said, was “to put people, not practices first and ensure our definitions reflect—and respect—how people use language.”
One of the changes was to change references to homosexual to gay or gay man or woman.
“The previously used terms, homosexual and homosexuality, originated as clinical language, and dictionaries have historically perceived such language as scientific and unbiased,” they wrote.
“But homosexual and homosexuality are now associated with pathology, mental illness, and criminality, and so imply that being gay—a normal way of being—is sick, diseased, or wrong.”
Other additions include Pride, as in Pride events, and Black which is capitalized to represent a race or culture.