The word ‘faggot’ has been used in 2.4 million tweets since July

New website NoHomophobes.com keeps live tally of homophobic language on Twitter

The word ‘faggot’ has been used in 2.4 million tweets since July
26 September 2012

Even in this age of increased awareness via It Gets Better and other campaigns, the anti-gay slur ‘faggot’ continues to thrive – particularly on Twitter where it has been used in 2.4 million tweets since July.

That and other figures about such slurs were released Wednesday (26 September) by the University of Alberta’s Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services.

The intitute unveiled a website called called nohomophobes.com which keeps a running tally of how many times such phrases as ‘faggot,’ ‘dyke’ and ‘so gay’ are used on Twitter.

‘We never imagined the scale of casual homophobia that actually exists on social media,’ says Dr. Kristopher Wells, the institute’s associate director. ‘The use of homophobic language remains one of the few socially acceptable forms of discrimination in our society and make no mistake, leads to isolation, bullying, beatings, and tragically youth suicide.’

The institute says the site will be supported by a variety of advertising tools including transit advertising, posters, and a television commercial.

It encourages people to use the #nohomophobes hashtag when they see or experience casual homophobia on Twitter.

‘Our Faculty sees the impact of homophobic language and bullying first hand and educators everywhere should be committed to creating safer schools and communities for young people,’ says Dr. Fern Snart, University of Alberta’s dean of the Faculty of Education. ‘The use of homophobic language only serves to hurt, stereotype, and further isolate sexual minority students and we need to take a stand; ignoring such language is not an option.’

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