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    February 25, 2008

    The Times is finally changing

    Posted by: Chris

    Washtimes0425 Now that the arch-conservative, Moonie-owned Washington Times has raided the Washington Post for its new editor, John Solomon, two of his early changes signal a newfound recognition of, well, reality:

    • Gay is approved for copy and preferred over homosexual, except in clinical references or references to sexual activity.
    • The quotation marks will come off gay marriage (preferred over homosexual marriage).

    I subscribed to and enjoyed the Times in my years in D.C., because it was reliably provocative and covered gay issues almost as much as the Washington Blade. But the avoidance of the G-word, and the use of "homosexual 'marriage'" -- even after a number of countries and the state of Massachusetts were issuing certificates, was just plain offensive.

    The sensible changes at the Times -- which also included using "illegal immigrant" rather than "illegal alien" -- remind me of my first decision as editor of the Washington Blade: to stop capitalizing "Gay" and "Lesbian." (For whatever reason, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual weren't being capitalized.)



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