… well not really, but wouldn’t it be nice if it were that easy?
The Associated Press style book, which most publications swear by, has decided to ban any word with the suffix phobia at the end. This includes homophobia. Yes, at first this seems horrifying, and politically incorrect. But when you dive into this article from Autostraddle you can see that there is a method to the madness.
The suffix -phobia means fear, and implies a mental condition. Homophobia is not a diagnosed condition, it is an excuse to be ignorant and intolerant. The A.P. points out that other phrases like “anti-gay” are more appropriate for what the term actually means.