My partner is concerned about the fact that I have been using the word homosexual a lot. This word is actually not the correct word—the correct words are gay and lesbian. I have started saying homosexual because of the way that transgenderists are changing the language. “Lesbian” has been changed into a word that means “anyone who identifies as a woman who is attracted to anyone who identifies as a woman.” This means you get crazy scenarios where two men in a relationship can call themselves lesbians if both of them like wearing dresses. I’ve been saying “homosexual” because I want to be very clear that I am talking about people who are attracted to the same biological sex. Homosexual directly implies this.
The thing is though, for a long time, the word homosexual was used by the medical establishment as a name for our supposed disorder that needed to be “cured.” It’s a word rooted in the idea that being gay or lesbian is an illness. It’s been mostly denounced by gays and lesbians as being a hateful word, and it fell out of use in the second half of the 20th century.
It looks like I’m being forced to “reclaim” it because of what trans activism is doing to the words gay and lesbian. (Especially lesbian.) I’m not sure if anyone is doing this besides me.
Lesbian does, in fact, mean a female homosexual. The correct word for females attracted to females is lesbian. No one actually has the right to take this word away from us, but they sure are trying to.