- Most LGBT+ people don’t call out hurtful language but many straight people would try to change if they did.
Almost 80% of LGBT+ Australians have experienced homophobic language and slurs over the last 12 months.
Despite this, only 41% of ‘straight’ Australians recognize that hurtful, homophobic or transphobic language towards the LGBTIQ+ community is a major issue today.
Those are the major results of a new study published today, just before Sydney celebrates Mardi Gras 2020. The Pride in Sydney is the biggest LGBT+ event in the Australian calendar and famous around the world.
Researchers also found that 69% of LGBT+ people have been called an insulting name, including ‘faggot’, ‘dyke’ or ‘tranny’.
‘LGBT+ community gets offended too easily’
ANZ bank commissioned pollsters at YouGov to conduct the survey. They questioned 2,110 Australians aged 18 or over between January and February. Around half the sample was LGBT+.
And the survey found a big split between LGBT+ Australians experiences of homophobia and transphobia and what non-LGBT+ people think about it.
For example, 44% of non-LGBTIQ+ Australians admit that they have used the phrase ‘that’s so gay’ at some point. But only 15% of them knew it could be offensive.
Meanwhile, just over a third of straight, cisgender Australians have witnessed hurtful language towards LGBT+ people on social media. And that rises to 46% of those who are under 24 years old.
Despite this, half the ‘straight’ sample thought the LGBT+ community gets offended too easily.
Moreover, the survey indicates that hate could go down, but it requires both sides to act.
Researchers found 40% of non-LGBT+ Australians would try to stop using hurtful language in future if an LGBT+ called it out.
However, two-thirds of the LGBT+ community said they would not call out homophobic language they received.
ANZ have launched a Love Speech campaign with a handbook about how to use better language. They also have a plug-in to Google Chrome browsers, called the Hurt Blocker. They say this lets people change hurtful slurs into emojis including rainbows, unicorns and hearts.
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO, Albert Kruger said: ‘Hurtful language can have a negative impact on the lives of LGBTQ+ people, and that’s why ANZ has launched this powerful and insightful #LoveSpeech campaign.’