Hearing 'That's So Gay' Causes Mental Damage

By: Daniel Villarreal

"That's so gay," is not only the moronic anti-gay phrase for all things unsatisfying, it's also mentally damaging to young LGBT people—twofer!

A recent study of 114 LGB students aged 18 to 25 revealed that hearing "That's so gay," increased feelings of isolation and the potential for stress-related health problems, such as headaches.

The author of the study, Michael Woodford said, "Given the nature of gay-lesbian-bisexual stigma, sexual minority students could already percieve themselves to be excluded on campus and hearing 'That's so gay' may elevate such perceptions... [by suggesting] that there is something wrong with being gay."

Woodford went on to say that campuses should try to discourage such "low-level hostility," a suggestion that seems all the more worthwhile in light of the Gay and Lesbian Student Education Network's recent study showing that 80 percent of LGBT students have been verbally harrassed at school, with 70 percent hear anti-LGBT slurs frequently.

Let's face it—every school, no matter how prestigious, has dillholes who will say "That's so gay." Like the "Think Before You Speak" ad campaign, it's our job to tell these dillholes to knock it off.

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