Perfunctory Essay On Gayness
Since I recently posted an old poem of mine that uses the word "gay" I figured I should say a few words in case some you youngsters out there might get the wrong idea.
You may not know it, but the word "gay' is actually an old-fashioned word of Middle English and Germanic origins.
Not so many years ago (at least to an old-timer like me), to be "gay" meant that you were generally of a cheerful or lighthearted disposition. It could also mean bright or lively, such as a colorful attire, or even a sunny room.
At some point some ass decided that it would make a funny derogatory term for homosexuals, and since then the homosexual community has not unjustly adopted the term as a sort of badge of honor (sort of like "the n-word", which as a white man I am supposedly no longer allowed to say).
So now, whenever anybody hears the word "gay" the first thing their mind goes to is "homosexual".
Thus, through a process which was entirely our own fault, the "straight" (there's another misused word for you) community has lost a perfectly good word which used to mean something very positive and cheerful for everyone.
And so it goes with languages I suppose.
However, not one to accept such stupidities lightly, I am hereby reclaiming that word (at least for myself).
So now any time someone asks me if I am "gay", I proudly reply that "Yes...I am a gay heterosexual".
The stupider or more ignorant folks out there can never quite figure out what I mean by that, but let them think what they will.
The fact still remains that I am indeed a gay heterosexual.
And you know what?
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