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Why Amy Coney Barrett's use of the term 'sexual preference' at her hearing alarmed so many

October 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The term sexual preference implies that a person's sexuality is a matter of choice and has the potential to be changed -- an idea that medical organizations and advocacy groups have long rejected.

"Not once, but twice, you used the term sexual preference to describe those in the LGBTQ community.

Many LGBTQ people take issue with the term sexual preference because it implies that who a person is romantically and sexually attracted to is merely a matter of personal choice -- an idea that both advocacy organizations and health professionals have long rejected.

"The term 'sexual preference' is typically used to suggest that being lesbian, gay or bisexual is a choice and therefore can and should be 'cured,'" GLAAD, which lobbies for greater understanding and inclusion of LGBTQ+ people in media, notes in its media reference guide.

"The term sexual preference as used to refer to sexual orientation is widely considered offensive in its implied suggestion that a person can choose who they are sexually or romantically attracted to," Merriam-Webster says.

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