Homophobia… and all the ways it isn’t.

B444_HomophobiaIsASocialDiseaseRecent changes to The Associated Press Stylebook have left the word ‘homophobia’ on the cutting room floor. The word homophobia translates literally into having a fear of things that are the same. In reality, homophobia is used when describing people who have dislike or disdain of homosexuals. The AP Stylebook editors discarded this word from the 2013 edition and do not believe it should be used in a “social or political” context. They want writers to be more specific and more accurate in describing someones feelings about the gay community, using terms like anti-gay and anti-gay marriage, instead of calling it homophobia. “A phobia is a psychiatric or medical term for a severe medical disorder,” AP Deputy Standards Editor Dave Minthorn explains. [Using the word] homophobia . . . is ascribing a mental disability to someone, and suggests a knowledge that we don’t have.”

This article did a good job of describing why exactly the AP Stylebook has decided to no longer use the word homophobia. The AP Stylebook seems to have good reasons for disregarding this word, and they do not seem to be political.

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Abe Sargeant is a Magic The Gathering player who has had enough with gay slurs being used without punishment in the Magic community. As someone with Huntington’s Disease and who once told a school he was gay to garner attention, Abe knows a little something about feeling like an outsider. Abe believes that Magic should be a supportive community who celebrates each other’s differences. “I want every place where people play Magic to be a sanctuary for you no matter who you are. It should be true for people no matter their ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender,” he said.

This article expands farther than just the Magic community. Abe’s approach to accepting people for who they are, not what they are, can be used in everyday life. This article did a good job of being relatable to everyone and not just those who are involved in this card game.

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