You know, I was taught something via Facebook yesterday that I thought should be put in my blog for future remembrance and as something that many of may or may not know.
A friend of mine made me aware of something called the Homophile Movement after my pedophile/pedi file post yesterday. Here is an exerpt from the Wikipedia article that is linked from my title so we can further discuss.
"The term "homophile" began to disappear with the emergence of the Gay Liberation movements of the late 1960s and early 1970s, replaced by a new set of terminology such as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender, although some of the homophile groups survived until the 1980s, 90s and even the present day."
This part a rephrasing of Garan du's teachings:
It turns out that this word was commonly used well into 1970 in newspapers and magazines and even by the movements leaders! Leo Martello a gay Witch and one of the first Facilitator of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF), dissed the use of that word, saying that it sounded like a nail file for homosexuals. (*I'd like to add that this is probably what sparked this lesson on my pedi file facebook post*) The GLF protested against the Village Voice to get them to use "gay" instead. And that is the beginning of how the word "gay" began to be used to refer to, er, gays. Thus endeth the lesson...so sayeth Garan du. ***end the rephrase***
He's so incredibly useful when it comes to the history and general knowledge of homosexuality, spirituality, and well...reality? He's been there, done that and has been pretty active in the activism...I guess that makes sense, huh?
Just thought I'd share something I learned more about yesterday and today with you. It's a pretty interesting article at wikipedia.com. I post that one and not a multitude of others that I've been reading because it is the most user friendly and easiest to understand. Just remember though, there's a reason gay stuck and homophile didn't. Don't get caught calling your OG (original gay aka best gay friend) a homophile you might just get a boot heel, a D&G satchel, a leather whip, or a very well placed piece of chiffon to the throat! That is to say, it won't be pleasant. But, please, feel free to send them here if they are not yet aware of its meaning.