United Methodists Embracing 'Embrace Love,' with One Exception



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While I totally applaud your efforts on the behalf of the he GLBT community, I ask you not use the word 'queer' in reference to us. Many of us find the word quite offensive.

I have of late divorced myself from the GLBT community over the use of this offensive terminology. I don't apply ugly epithets to you, please don't apply them to me.

Ben more than 4 years ago

Editor's response

Dear Ben:
United Methodist Insight uses the terms that members of the LGBTQ community have indicated to use are their preferred references. We usually use the acronym LGBTQ, which does make reference to the word "queer" that some people prefer. We recognize that there is debate about use of the word "queer," and we generally don't use it in our writing unless it is a direct quote from someone.

In regard to the illustration with this article, the "Embrace Love" graphic was edited and posted by the Rev. M Barclay, the first transgender person to be ordained a deacon in the United Methodist Church. Rev. Barclay chose to use the word "queer," which we then republished. We will continue to be guided by those across the spectrum of sexual orientations until there is a greater consensus on appropriate terms.

Cynthia B. Astle, Editor

cynthiaadmin (United Methodist Insight) more than 4 years ago