Homophobic and sexist language are one of the hate speeches that can cause in the harm of people in the society. In this page I will be focusing on homophobic language, which basically refers to terms or forms of abuse that are often used towards queer (lesbian, gay or bisexual) people, or those thought to be LGB because of their gender expression (Challenging Homophobic Language, n.d.). While some may not actually be homophobic, by using the word “gay” in this incorrect manner, they are partaking in making people who are actually gay, feel as though they are inferior.
In this website, https://visualisingadvocacy.org/blog/nohomophobes, called “No Homophobes”, one can see how homophobic language is being used on twitter. This website continuously updates the information as tweets are constantly being posted on twitter. Actually, “the site was conceptualized by the Institute of Sexual Minority Studies and Services at the University of Alberta in Canada and led by Dr. Kristopher Wells
In addition, “No Homophobes” specifically tracks the use of four hashtags that are the following : “#faggot,” “#sogay,” “#nohomo,” and “#dyke,” and has found that “‘#sogay’ and ‘#nohomo’ are used on average 10,000 times daily, ‘#faggot’ is used on average 45,000 times daily, and ‘#dyke’ is used on average 4,000 times daily” (Kibirege & Tryl, n.d.).
Fortunately, as one keeps refreshing the website, the numbers keep changing, which leaves us with some hope that the use of these homophobic words may continue to decrease over time. In addition, in order to prevent this homophobic language from continuing to prosper, people should be taught about the actual meaning of the word “gay” and that there is nothing wrong with being gay. It is through people’s understanding of the consequences of homophobic language that these languages can hopefully cease being used. It also has major impacts on the subjects of this abusive language as well as on non-homosexual people.
Challenging Homophobic Language. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.ilga-europe.org/sites/default/files/challenging_homophobic_language.pdf
Kibirige, H., & Try, L. (n.d.). Tackling Homophobic Language. Retrieved from https://www.stonewall.org.uk/sites/default/files/tackling_homophobic_language_-_teachers_guide.pdf