On Wednesday, we tweaked Creative Loafing for their “sexual preference” indiscretion. A day later, our gay-loving friends at the alt-weekly responded with an admission: They were inadvertently insensitive.
Yup. We said “sexual preference,” which, as Project Q points out, has become a really shitty buzz phrase used in the anti-gay rights movement to imply that being gay is a lifestyle choice. It’s even one of GLAAD’s “Offensive Terms to Avoid.” Eesh. So, what we meant to say was “orientation” or “sexual orientation.” Our apologies, seriously.
Kudos to them for admitting the indiscretion. We know — given their long list of gay-inclusive coverage, their former gay publisher and current gay staffers, and including us in their “Best of Atlanta” issue – that their progressive hearts are in the right place. But it’s nice to see them readily acknowledge the slip. That’s far more than the AJC has done, yet that paper still gets a gay award nomination.