This morning, I had an interesting chat with a Charlotte resident and qnotes reader who was upset at The Associated Press’ use of the term “gay agenda” in a story yesterday.
The piece, entitled “Obama embraces incremental response to gay agenda,” explored the president’s achievements on LGBT equality issues and initiatives and contained thoughts and responses from LGBT advocates and activists. You can read the piece, alternatively titled “Obama inches toward gay agenda” in other publications, at charlotteobserver.com.
The piece itself wasn’t bad. In fact, it was quite an interesting read. The AP writer’s use of the term “gay agenda,” was unfortunate.
I’ll let the GLAAD Media Reference Guide do the explaining…
Offensive: “gay agenda” or “homosexual agenda”
Preferred: Accurate descriptions of the issues (e.g., “inclusion in existing non-discrimination and hate crimes laws,” “ending the ban on openly gay service members”)
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are motivated by many of the same hopes, concerns and desires as other everyday Americans. They seek to be able to earn a living, be safe in their communities, serve their country, and take care of the ones they love. Their commitment to equality is one they share with many allies and advocates who are not necessarily LGBT. Notions of a so-called “homosexual agenda” are rhetorical inventions of anti-gay extremists seeking to create a climate of fear by portraying the pursuit of equal opportunity for LGBT people as sinister.