Rainbow Pager Blog

November 12, 2018

"Hello! I have a question for the experts: Do any medical organizations have established guidelines against the usage of the term "homosexual"? I know GLAAD, The Associated Press, the NYT and many media sources and universities advise against usage of the term, but do we still use it in a medical setting? I had a lecturer today say that MSM, MSW, WSW, WSWM, etc. are incorrect and to use the terms, "heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual" when giving a case presentation. I challenged the idea and was told they are "medical terms" and we always use the "medical terms." So, help a student out!"
-PA in training seeking better answers

Read Jessica Halem's response here.