Scots civil servants banned from saying ‘homosexual’
The guidance states: “It is not acceptable to use the word ‘homosexual’, this term is offensive to many people as it is the term that was used in law to make same sex relationships illegal.”
It advises those working on councils, health boards and quangos that they should use the word “gay” instead.
But John Midgley, founder of the Campaign Against Political Correctness, said: “The word homosexual to most people would be as inoffensive as heterosexual.
“It is silly to claim they are loaded terms – they are neutral and simply describe sexual orientation.
He added: “This sort of mumbo-jumbo is completely counterproductive to good community relations.”
The controversial guidance also claims that the word ‘heterosexual’ can cause confusion.
And it suggests that the word ‘straight’ should be used alongside it as it is more widely understood.