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New Website Tracks Usage Of Homophobic Words and Phrases On Twitter

The Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, University of Alberta, Canada has created a tracking website called that records the usage of homophobic gay slur words such as “faggot,” “dyke,” “no homo,” and “so gay” on a daily basis on TWITTER.

From the website:

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.

The above screenshot of the data collected as of only 7:42 am this morning and the word “faggot” has already been used on Twitter almost 5,000 times.

Simply shocking.

*Many thanks to @GayAgendaDalek on Twitter for the heads up.



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