Homophobic slurs are rife on Twitter, proves a new website aiming to draw attention to and combat casual homophobia.
NoHomophobes.com ’s live updating chart shows just how common words and phrases like ‘faggot’, ‘dyke’, ‘so gay’ and ‘no homo’ are in the Twittersphere.
Since the site launched less than three months ago, the ‘F’-word has been tweeted over 2.5 million times – on average around 30,000 times daily.
“These words and phrases are used casually in everyday language, despite promoting the continued alienation, isolation and – in some tragic cases – suicide of sexual and gender minority youth,” says Dr. Christopher Wells of the University of Alberta, who speaks on behalf of the site.
“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. Use the hashtag #NoHomophobes to show your support.”