February 2, 2024

What Are Some Gay Slurs?

When Erin Davies displayed a Pride flag on her car, someone spraypainted "fag hag" and "U R Gay" on it. Instead of letting it eat at her, she turned it into a project that would shine a light on the problem of homophobia. Her more than 80-minute documentary, "Fagbug," is emblematic of how LGBTQ2S+ people have long taken terms that were originally designed to harm them and reclaimed them as powerful tools for fighting against intolerance.

The word faggot has been used since the 1920s to insult gay men and women who are slim, effeminate or soft-spoken. It is often used in conjunction with other pejorative terms, such as chav and fruit fly, to create an even more vicious image of the gay community.

It is important to note, however, that many members of the LGBTQ2S+ community don't use faggot as a slur at all. They use it to refer to themselves in a positive way and as a sign of their pride and self-love.

This is why it's vital to educate people who are not part of the community on how some members use the term, as well as how they might respond if a straight person uses it as a slur. Educating people about this is key to breaking the chain of hurtful speech that starts with one person and ends with another.

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