We want to clarify that we do not necessarily believe that the students from Spanish Fort were homophobic, or that they intended these banners to be anything but a stupid "prank". However, they could have used one of a large number of other adjectives, in place of the word gay (i.e. stupid, lame, dumb...); a word that didn't attack a particular group of people.
The word gay was used because those students felt it had a negative connotation. We believe that the use of that word on that banner could be the impetus for others to do harm to gay people. For that reason, we have included this incident on this site.