ANN ARBOR, Mich. — "That's so gay" is a popular expression on campuses nationwide among heterosexual students, especially young men. But why do they say it? A new University of Michigan study sheds light on this question.
"That's so gay," although not necessarily said to harm lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) students, can create a hostile environment, U-M researchers say. Inherent in this saying — frequently used to declare something, some behavior or someone as "stupid" or "uncool" — is the assumption that being gay is inferior and that being heterosexual is desirable.