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Since the inception of language, humans have understood that words have power. Immense power. At no time in human history does the phrase: “The pen is mightier than the sword” carry greater weight. That precise idiom is attributed to a 19th-century English author, but the sentiment is ancient. Hundreds of years before Jesus preached to the masses and changed history with his words, Greek and Assyrian authors used similar words with the same meaning. With words, one can control discussion, conquer a country — turn a culture on its head.

“Homosexual” was the accepted and anodyne word for same-sex attraction for over a century. It fell out of favor through a forced change. “Gay” became the accepted label. Unlike “homosexual,” “gay” has no Greek or Latin root; it was invented with a purpose. Eventually, it became part of the lexicon, to the point that style guides forbid the use of “homosexual” as a descriptor. Gay is a happy word, and damn it, you will be happy using it. Lesbian isn’t a happy word, so lesbians are “gay.”

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The alphabet gang grew and soon, words were banned, “dead-naming” became a thing, and the alphabet soup got more loaded with more letters. A plus sign was added, in case someone needed affirmation without a meaning. Requiring tolerance or the hackneyed “Just leave us alone” became bigotry. Fealty and reverence were required.

“Gay pride” moved from a single day to a full month. Its flag changed from 6 colors to a mess of shapes and colors.

“We want to be left alone” morphed into “We are proud,” to “We are loud and proud,” to “We will not be ignored,” to “We want you to celebrate with us” to:

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