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The Associated Press removes the word ‘homophobia’ from its Style Book

The new style guide will go to print in 2013 (Image: NS News Flash)The new style guide will go to print in 2013 (Image: NS News Flash)

The Associated Press has removed the word “homophobia” from its Style Book, saying the word is no longer suitable for use in social or political contexts.

The style guide, which has been changed over the past few months, now reads that the suffix ”-phobia,” which it defines as “an irrational, uncontrollable fear, often a form of mental illness”, should not be used ”in political or social contexts,” reports Politico.

The guide specifically lists “homophobia” as well as “Islamophobia,” as examples of the not-to-be-used terms, and instead it is likely that the term “anti-gay” would be used in its place.

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http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/11/27/the-associated-press-removes-the-word-homophobia-from-its-style-book/

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