I'm not completely sure how to handle that put-down in my classroom other than to remind the students to always be respectful. I frown on all name-calling no matter how "fun" they say it all is. What really bothers me, though, is when kids call each other fags or faggots or homo or gay. I like Wanda Sykes' commercial that addresses the bigotry that such name-calling perpetuates.
Today a student said he realized it offends millions of people across the country. I told him it offends ME and therefore needs to stop in this classroom.
Teachers, what, if anything, do you do about the gay put-down? I don't want to ignore it because it does bother me.