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Calling out the NYT’s censors


When did “gay” become a dirty word?

Towleroad posted an interesting observation this morning about the good censors from our paper of record, The New York Times. It seems that if you sent me a text or passed along an article via the iPhone, the word “gay” would be replaced with the word “beep”. Ridiculous.

Reminds me of the subtle yet immeasurable effects of classifying homosexuality as a psychological disorder by medical professionals until 1973, and a mental disorder by the Pentagon as recently as 2006. If doctors and government officials can tell us we’re not right, what hope is there for young folks struggling with their identity on their own?

You can send your own feedback to the NYT feedback here.

UPDATE: The NYT removed the word “gay” from its censored list. Less than 24 hours elapsed: their official word is that it was unintentional and an error.


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Ricco Villanueva Siasoco is a Manhattan-based writer and non-profit manager. More

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