In San Antonio, Texas, the word is being used in an entirely different way.
The city council has passed an ordinance that will ban the sale of condoms to anyone who is gay or lesbian.
The bill is expected to pass the Texas House next month.
The ordinance was proposed by Rep. James Turner, R-San Antonio.
It also includes language that prohibits the sale or promotion of any sexual activity involving a person who is “or who has ever been” gay or transgender.
“The word ‘gay’ is just a term for sex.
That’s it,” Turner said.
“That’s not who we are.”
He said he believes it will make it easier for people to find a sexual partner who is not out to them, but that it is also a term of shame for people who are LGBT.
“I’ve heard from many people who were trying to get their lives back and I think it’s the only way to do that,” he said.
Turner said the ordinance has been proposed by the city council before.
In the past few years, he said, the city has seen an increase in sexual assault.
“I think it is the right thing to do, and it’s also the right way to go about it,” he added.
“We’re not just going to go back to using the word ‘bisexual,’ ‘homosexual,’ or ‘transgender.’
It doesn’t mean that we’re going to ban all of them.”
The San Antonio ordinance, which passed the council unanimously in a 2-1 vote, is a first in the country.
It comes at a time when more people are openly supporting same-sex marriage and are increasingly becoming vocal about their sexual orientation.
“We have to find out how we can make this the safest city for everyone, whether that’s transgender, LGBT, bisexual, or just gay,” Turner added.