February 1, 2024

What Do You Call a Gay Kid on Fire?

Case Against: The word feels hurtful to folks who spent time in the closet. It reminds them of a time when their identities were questioned, their sexuality exposed, and their lives threatened. The term has been reclaimed from the antiquated antigay slur faggot, but it's also rooted in the idea that gay people should burn. The upstairs lounge fire was a tragedy that revealed a shocking level of homophobia in New Orleans, and even today, many people continue to use it to disparage the victims of the tragedy.

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