If we use the Catechism’s definition, a person who engages in same-sex sexual activity (without an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction) is not necessarily a “homosexual.” Nor is a person who simply has sexual attraction to the same sex but has not engaged in such disordered acts.
Some have argued against developing a language at all when it comes to these issues. Father Check’s remarks can be seen as working along this vein, as well as the 2014 essay by Michael Hannon, “Against Heterosexuality.”
“Gay” is a silly term. That narrow category misses the complexity of the human experience. And given the way that language grows and develops over time, I don’t think it will last the century.
“Gay” can be both descriptive and constructive. It can describe particular emotions, sentiments, orientations, and actions. Or it can be a means by which one identifies oneself and one’s relation to the world.
It is time for me to be open about myself and to reach out to others who are like me. The main point of this post is the firm and frank admission: I’m gay.
For anyone who seeks to actually engage with the LGBT community, “homosexual” and “homosexuality” are two words that may be good to avoid