“Gay” isn’t a pejorative, but so often it is used as one. Remember when Hilary Duff attempted to put a halt to this language? Well, it still happens. You’ve probably even heard “gay” used as an insult yourself. Maybe you’ve even let it slip?
Before today, there was no excuse to call an inanimate object “gay.” But the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity has changed all that with its “Gay Sweater.”
It’s called the first and only gay object, which is a fact. This is the first time anything like this has been made, and it’s 100 per cent gay. How? Because it is knit from the hair of gay people. Yep, the hair of gay people.
It’s probably pretty itchy, but the message isn’t lost on us. The CCGSD wants to make #TheGaySweater happen on social media, and is instructing anyone talking about it to use the hashtag. The goal is to show how “gay” shouldn’t be used to describe something bad. Because there’s nothing bad about a nice, cozy sweater. And no one is bad simply because of their sexuality. It’s a simple message that’s wrapping us up like a big ol’ cozy gay sweater.