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Website Tracks Use of Anti-LGBT Language on Twitter

Call it Out HRCThis post comes from HRC Editorial and Digital Media Intern Leanne Naramore: measures the usage of anti-LGBT language on Twitter, revealing how often anti-LGBT slurs still pervade everyday conversations.

The Canadian University that created the site says the project 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…”

Since July 2012, has tracked over 2.5 million uses of the word “faggot,” nearly 1 million uses of “so gay” or “no homo,” and almost 350,000 uses of “dyke.”

HRC makes it a point to call out anti-LGBT language when we see it, most recently with comments made by American Family Association's Bryan Fischer, New York Knicks’ Amare Stoudemire and Paris Hilton. We know the danger of turning words into weapons, and we absolutely reject any use of anti-LGBT rhetoric.

The director of the NoHomophobes project stated, “Words have the power to hurt, but they also have the power to heal. We want people to think before they speak and to always be mindful of the power of the language they use."

Use your voice to stop the frequency of this hateful language. Stand with your LGBT friends, peers, co-workers and family members by speaking up when you see or hear people using anti-LGBT slurs.

h/t HuffPost Gay Voices

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