Oh, it’s OK. I understand most people use it quite neutrally. In some cultures (like Italian and Spanish) it’s the preferred polite word. I even use it once in a while if I’m speaking in a purely clinical sense, though in cases like that, I’m still more likely to use “same sex attracted.”

The thing I’m very careful about is not identifying as homosexual. I reject that label for myself because of its history.

But I don’t get upset if other people use it.

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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