This is something I’ve been seeing in several communities, both Christian and otherwise. Simply put, it’s usually young people using the stigma of calling someone else “gay” as another form of bullying. Generally it happens between young men, although I’ve seen it with women as well. Frequently the targets are completely heterosexual young adults. My concern is that, even in a Christian environment, the reason these kids are getting called “gay” and worse terms is because they refuse to disrespect women! For example, a lot of the guys were making jokes about how much they’d like to get into one of the study abroad programs so they could “study” foreign women. A male friend of mine objected to how they were talking and got called a f***** for it. This is supposedly a Christian group! A lot of them will use it against women too, as will some of the other women, if she rejects their advances.
I understand beliefs about homosexuality, but this needs to stop. It’s promoting a “Christianized” version of the same objectification of women, wrapped up in talk about homosexuality and men’s and women’s roles. But I feel like every time I talk to someone I get stopped because they don’t want to appear to be supporting homosexuality or something.