According to new ridiculous Scottish Government Guidelines, it is not acceptable to use the term "homosexual". Their excuse is, "This term is offensive to many people as it is the term that was used in law to make same-sex sexual relationships illegal." It isn't offensive to many, as far as I know. It's just another case of political correctness gone too far.
Apparently, they want the term "gay" to be used instead. "The term "gay" is used to describe someone who is sexually and attracted to someone of the same sex and is a widely understood term. It is not acceptable to use the term "homosexual"." You couldn't make it up. Which idiot has come up with this nonsense?
They also prefer the use of the word "straight" to that of "hetrosexual". "A lot of confusion centres around the use of the word "hetrosexual" being sexually and emotionally attracted to someone of the opposite sex. To help increase the understanding of this term, the word "straight" is used alongside it. This is a colloquial term that is more widely understood." Having "straight" as the term used implies that people who are gay are not straight, which to me, is more offensive. Does the use of the term "straight" mean that "bent" can be used to describe gay people?
In my opinion, there is nothing offensive or wrong using the terms "homosexual" and "hetrosexual". They are very clear in their meaning, and there is no confusion when using these terms. I have never heard of anyone complaining about their use. Are the Scottish Government the only people who think otherwise? In an age when the world is far too politically correct, this is just another guideline which is totally and utterly unnecessary.
Welcome to the United Kingdom, 2011. Just remember to use the correct language terms.