How many times have you said it?
I used to say it quite a bit when I was younger—I never gave it much thought.
Then came yoga, which like nearly everything else in my life, changed all of that.
I was a high school English teacher for a spell several years ago; one of the rules in my classroom was that we didn’t refer to things as “gay.”
I explained my reasoning to the students regularly, but to no avail. Many of them just thought it was funny that I was upset by something so trivial.
But it’s not trivial.
Words have power. And with power comes responsibility.
The below video has been making the rounds in my Facebook feed this week. I think it’s worth sharing. It’s from Ash Beckham, speaking at the recent Ignite Boulder event in February. In it, she explains why we shouldn’t refer to things as gay.
We have a responsibility to be mindful of the words we choose and the intention behind them, because as Beckham says, “The words you choose matter.”
Watch it—it’s hilarious and insightful, and only takes five minutes.
“Societal change begins with small steps. When you hear someone describe something pejoratively as ‘so gay,’ it’s an opportunity for connection, and conversation not to be missed…and silence is consent. And you know what, we’re better than that.” ~ Ash Beckham
Like enlightened society on Facebook.
Ed: Bryonie Wise
hot on elephant
Elephant Journal’s Holiday Gift Guide 636 shares A letter to the Anger that refuses to Leave Me. 526 shares Waylon’s favorite Ethical Gifts. 9 shares Join: Elephant’s Winter 2017 Academy. 28 shares Trevor Noah just won my Respect. 2,543 shares December Forecast: Letting Go of 2016 & Leaning into 2017 with Love. 6,321 shares Year of the Fire Rooster 2017: What to Expect. 702 shares How to Say Goodbye to that almost-great Love. 1,504 share These Tweets (and Retweets) actually Happened. 1,152 share For the Women who are Trying to Do & Be Everything to Everyone. 3,031 shares