Homophobic language isn't always meant to be hurtful, but how often do we use it without thinking? - NoHomophobes.com

Homophobic language isn’t always meant to be hurtful,
but how often do we use it without thinking?

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What is NoHomophobes.com?

This website 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, despite promoting the continued alienation, isolation and — in some tragic cases — suicide of sexual and gender minority (LGBTQ) youth.

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 #NoHomophobes to show your support. And visit one of our resource websites to get more involved.


The Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS) is housed in the
Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. The Institute supports groundbreaking research, policy development, education, community outreach, and services focused on sexual and gender minorities.

Camp fYrefly is a Canadian leadership retreat for LGBTQ youth, designed to help them develop the leadership skills and personal resiliency necessary to become agents for positive change in their schools, families and communities.

You Can Play seeks to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation.

This website contains a licensed real time display of Tweets that include the words: Faggot, Dyke, NoHomo, So Gay and is not connected with Twitter in any other way. All Tweets are reposted as made without review or verification. Re-posting of a Tweet is not intended to imply that the Tweeter or anyone else is homophobic. By reposting we do not endorse or adopt the Tweet and the reposting is solely for journalistic, research and public education purposes.


Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and
Services, University of Alberta

Dr. Kristopher Wells

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Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services
University of Alberta Faculty of Education

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