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A Preliminary Note on the Use of Words Such as “gay”, “lesbian” or “homosexual” and Terms Such as “same-sex” or “LGBTI”


The purpose of this brief report is to examine the use of words such as “gay”, “lesbian”, “homosexual” and terms such as “LGBTI” and “same-sex”. Some observations are made on the historical use of such terms. This note is especially appropriate in relation to the debate on same-sex issues and sexuality education. It is argued that the promotion of a euphemism such as “gay” to hide the reality of men-who-have-sex-with-men is at best deceptive and consistent with the meaning of propaganda.

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