Group Offers Stylebook On Gay Terminology

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The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) recently published its 2002 Stylebook Supplement. The Washington-based organization said the publication is designed to complement newsroom style guides and The Associated Press Stylebook with suggestions on terms relating to sexual orientation and gender identity.

NLGJA’s original stylebook was published in 1997 to help reporters covering gay issues and the battle over gay rights. New entries include civil union, commitment ceremony, ex-gay, and special rights. The publication also includes a list of gay organizations, including media contacts.

A group of 10 journalists, working at publications such as Newsday, The Charlotte Observer, The Arizona Republic, and the San Francisco Chronicle, collaborated on the stylebook.

A PDF version can be downloaded at http://www.nlgja.org/pubs/style.html. The publication can also be viewed online.

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