'Faggot' Used on Twitter More Than 15 Million Times a Year

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NoHomophobes.com, a website tracking the use of gay slurs on Twitter, has tracked more than 2.5 million instances of usage of the word "faggot" on Twitter in the last two months, a rate that, if consistent, means the homophobic slur is used more than 15 million times in the course of a year.

The website also tracks the slurs "dyke" and the phrases "no homo" and "so gay".

The creator, Dr. Kristopher Wells at Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, University of Alberta, writes:

This website is designed as a social mirror to show the prevalence of casual homophobia in our society. Words and phrases like “faggot,” “dyke,” “no homo,” and “so gay” are used casually in everyday language, despite promoting the continued alienation, isolation and — in some tragic cases — suicide of sexual and gender minority (LGBTQ) youth.

We no longer tolerate racist language, we’re getting better at dealing with sexist language, but sadly we’re still not actively addressing homophobic and transphobic language in our society.

Let’s put an end to casual homophobia. Speak out when you see or hear homophobic or transphobic language from friends, at school,in the locker room, at work or online.

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  1. But Brandon K Thorpe told us "no homo" wasn't offensive...

    Posted by: Tom | Sep 27, 2012 8:12:59 AM


  2. I wouldn't be surprised if many of those using these anti-gay epithets are young women. Young women are amongst the most homophobic demographic out there, a fact that the gay community conveniently sweeps under the carpet.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 27, 2012 8:50:39 AM


  3. Have they issued similar reports on racist, sexist, xenophobic and other slurs? Curious as to whether incidences of those are similar in frequency.

    Posted by: fritzrth | Sep 27, 2012 8:50:49 AM


  4. Sorry, reread and noticed the organization is specifically geared toward combating homophobia. I'd still be interested in comparative reports on other language, though.

    Posted by: fritzrth | Sep 27, 2012 8:52:59 AM


  5. Ironic how that's so gay has somewhat died down as a commonly used phrase yet the f-bomb is used as regularly as ever. A lot of straights have convinced themselves that it isn't a gay slur although it's always used as a means to degrade someone's masculinity/humanity, and it's still used regularly against gay men. Goes to show how severe an issue heterosexual privilege still is.

    The problem is young people using these words and thinking they are OK. They follow what idiot adults do. I've been lucky enough not to hear such language in my life used so loosely and/or used only as in jest. Mostly b/c I don't hang with insensitive idiots.

    People who use these slurs and use "gay" constantly are almost always secret homophobes at the very least so I hope no-one makes excuses for these people and language.

    Posted by: Francis | Sep 27, 2012 9:04:06 AM


  6. Unfortunately I know a lot of those in the LGBT community who self-label this way or use the terms colloquially without thinking about their history. When I've seen the term used on twitter it's usually by someone who is LGBT identifying or an ally, sadly. Maybe some are trying to "reclaim" these words, but in doing so you also indicate to everyone else that these aren't pejorative and hurtful slurs that have only negative connotations for many of us.

    Posted by: Stefan | Sep 27, 2012 9:55:49 AM


  7. But...but...but how can this be? The assimilationists keep telling us we live in a "post-gay" world. It isn't an issue any more, right? There's no need for us to band together and fight for our rights and dignity, fight to defend our lives, our families, our worth as human beings. We're just exactly like everyone else; it's all post-gay, isn't it? Well...maybe post-gay but apparently not post-f*ggot.

    Posted by: jomicur | Sep 27, 2012 9:56:55 AM


  8. I suppose 1 million are from Dan Savage;-)

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Sep 27, 2012 10:35:21 AM


  9. You know how I know Jason and Rick are aliases for a single troll? By the way they both use the same language to insist that women are homophobic, even if it has nothing to do with the actual topic. Ignore Rick/Jason. Don't feed the troll and it will die.

    Posted by: MateoM | Sep 27, 2012 10:51:05 AM


  10. All the above questions are pretty easily answered:

    If you go to the page, you get live-tweets of the slurs in use, and you can see that nearly all of them are along the lines of "if you do X you're a faggot". I looked at ~100 tweets, and didn't see anything that wasn't derogatory. And it's a mix of men and women (but nearly all young).

    It would not be hard to construct a similar report for any hashtag.

    Curious about the dyke-spike that occured on 8/13.

    Posted by: Raphael | Sep 27, 2012 11:22:28 AM


  11. "I looked at ~100 tweets, and didn't see anything that wasn't derogatory. And it's a mix of men and women (but nearly all young)."

    What percentage of them were black?

    Just askin'......

    Posted by: Rick | Sep 27, 2012 12:18:45 PM


  12. Men and women are pretty much equally homo-hostile or at least equally "unaware" of the harm this language can cause, especially towards queer youth.

    Just watch the live feed of the "faggot tracker" and you will see it pretty much alternates between males and females using it.

    Posted by: Blake | Sep 27, 2012 12:22:43 PM


  13. @Raphael

    The "dyke-spike" coincided with the Montreal Dyke March that was on August 18. Maybe that is what caused it.

    Posted by: Jon | Sep 27, 2012 1:48:53 PM


  14. Most of the people who use these slurs are actually preteens to young adults, based on who I saw using these slurs. These kids have grown up in a society where homophobia is the norm, homophobic language has been normalized along with that, and it's going to take a while for the message that these slurs are unacceptable to actually set it. Goes to show how deeply ingrained homophobia is in society.

    Posted by: Francis | Sep 27, 2012 2:30:14 PM


  15. The anti-gay Christians use anti-gay words as psychological warfare against LGBT people. If you know that and that the anti-gay Christians do it to upset and harass your you will stand a better chance of dealing with them. There are leaders of the anti-gay Christian movement, some are in the anti-gay Christian hate groups (you can find out who these evil people are and who their mad men leaders are at www.splc.org ). Know that these are only words and they can not hurt you and are only being said or used as a weapon to try and harm you but if you know it is only a word that can not harm you, you will better off for knowing that. By all means fight the bullies and evil anti-gay Christians with everything you can legally do to stop their madness but also know that name calling is all they can do and that it can not really harm you. These evil anti-gay Christian count on the fact that you think that a word can harm you, but you have to let it do that. If you don't let it bother you then these anti-gay Christian mad men have no power and they know it. In fact these anti-gay Christian mad men are in fear of you and that is why they think they have to harm you. Now there are a few anti-gay Christians who will take a shot at you and these are the ones you need to report to the police and have arrested for any and all harm done to you and take them to court and sue them or make sure they get locked up for a long time. If you do that you will help make life better for all LGBT people and if we all did that we would all have a better life. Remember the only power these anti-gay Christian mad men have is the power you give them, stop giving them power and get them locked up away from everybody and even the straights will thank you for doing so, as it will also make their lives better. Because these anit-gay Christian mad men also stir up the good Christians who only want peace and love and to get on with their own lives and not be bothered by these anti-gay Christian mad men.

    Posted by: Bob | Sep 27, 2012 8:42:23 PM


  16. Why is it Okay to use an offensive term like "Faggot" on this site, but we may only hint at the "N" word?

    Posted by: Andrew | Sep 27, 2012 10:58:42 PM


  17. You are a fraud Andy Towel. You no more favor the free exchange of ideas, even when they may be offensive, than do the wingnut right wingers and fundamentalists Christians. You both censor to suit your own purposes.

    Posted by: Andrew | Sep 27, 2012 11:03:08 PM


  18. You are a fraud Andy Towel. You no more favor the free exchange of ideas, even when they may be offensive, than do the wingnut right wingers and fundamentalists Christians. You both censor to suit your own purposes.

    Posted by: Andrew | Sep 27, 2012 11:03:09 PM


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