Is it appropriate to call a lesbian 'gay,' even if it's just to save space in a headline?

Posted on 14 Dec 2009 at 1:04pm

Media outlets around the world are reporting that Houston has elected an “openly gay mayor.” Technically, of course, this is inaccurate. Houston hasn’t elected a gay mayor; it has elected a lesbian mayor. I’ve heard some spirited debate already today about whether it’s appropriate or offensive to call Annise Parker gay, even if it’s just to save space in a headline. But I was curious to know what our readers think.

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