To be released this month, The Gay Word is a documentary about the recent trend of saying the word ‘gay’ negatively to mean rubbish, uncool, or embarrassing. Producer Amy Ashenden travels around the South East of England to find out why some people have started to say ‘eurgh, that’s gay’.
Amy Ashenden asks gay and straight people, young and old, why it makes certain people deeply offended and others less phased.
At Stonewall’s HQ in the city centre of London, she speaks to the largest gay rights organisation in Europe, which is campaigning against the word ‘gay’ being used negatively, and travels to meet the university academic who claims it’s harmless. She also speaks to teachers, parents, an LGBT activist, a trans man, and young people still in school to find out where the trend of saying ‘that’s so gay’ negatively comes from, and if it should be stopped.
Amy Ashenden has previously produced Working for Nothing – a documentary about unpaid internships in the UK, which featured an interview with the leader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett.