A recent car repair shop has come under fire for using a derogatory term for gay men.
The Waukesha Car Salvage and Repairs told CBC News the word “sick” is a term that “is used to describe those who do not conform to societal norms and/or have a sexual orientation that is not typical for our community.”
“We’re using the word ‘sICK’ in the shop because we believe that is what we are and that’s what we believe our customers are going through,” said Steve DeLuca, owner of Waukeshar Car Salvages.
“It’s not a positive term.
It should be something that can be talked about, not something we’re ashamed of.” “
There’s a big problem in our community that people are being hurt and stigmatized and they need help.
It should be something that can be talked about, not something we’re ashamed of.”
Waukerkegan Car Salvades has since posted an apology on Facebook.
It says the word was not intended to offend anyone and the owner is “apologizing for any offence caused by it.”
DeLucas said he is not surprised by the backlash and thinks it’s indicative of a larger problem in the community.
“The language that’s used is not necessarily negative,” he said.
“But it doesn’t fit the way we live and work and the way that our community is and we have a history of supporting and embracing people of all genders, races, sexual orientations.”
The Wausau Area Chamber of Commerce and Business Improvement Association has called for the city to take action.
“We have heard over and over again that Waukeegan is a place of acceptance and tolerance, and we believe it is important to continue to celebrate our diversity and diversity of the city,” said Michael Lutz, the organization’s executive director.
“This type of language, which is not only not reflective of the values of our business, it is also not in keeping with our values as a city.”
The association said it will be meeting with Waukeye Mayor Scott McFarland to discuss the incident.
It said they will also be meeting later this week with the city attorney and the city’s LGBT liaison.
Waukie is in the middle of a $4.6-million road reconstruction project that will be completed by the end of 2017.