Okay, so I was looking in a college bookstore the other day and I came
across the section with books on GLBT people, which was not called
"Gay/Lesbian Studies," as it is in most bookstores, but instead was
labelled "Alternative Lifestyles."
What's up with that expression? It's an annoying euphemism which people
use when they're scared of actually using the word gay. It implies that we
are outside the norm and are going to remain that way. It emphasizes that
we are essentially different and have made a choice to be that way.
But I like having alternatives. I like having choices. Our society needs
more alternatives in all aspects of life, rather than blind socialization
to a problematic status quo.
(Speaking of choices and alternatives, here's a rant on Being Single.)