The Associated Press is not a fan of homophobia.
The organization has removed multiple terms from its Style Book recently, including “homophobia,” “ethnic cleansing,” and “Islamophobia.”
AP Deputy Standards Editor Dave Minthorn said, “Homophobia especially — it’s just off the mark. It’s ascribing a mental disability to someone, and suggests a knowledge that we don’t have. It seems inaccurate. Instead, we would use something more neutral: anti-gay, or some such, if we had reason to believe that was the case.”
The online version of the Style Book defined “-phobia” as “an irrational, uncontrollable fear, often a form of mental illness” and said it should not be used “in political or social contexts.” Next year’s printed edition of the Style Book will include these changes.
This is great and all, AP, but do you think you could also nix homophobia from society? That’d be great. Much appreciated.