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A Critical Response to ‘Faggot’-Calling Culture

“I am called a “faggot” relatively often. Sometimes the insult comes from anonymous Internet users responding to blog posts I write, like this one, and other times it is hurled at me by drunken guys at bars”.

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Lucas Waldron writes for the Huffington Post…

My younger cousin recently tweeted, “I support gay marriage but I am never going to stop calling my friends faggots.” Aside from the ignorant nature of the comment — “It’s OK for gay people to get married as long as I can use their community as the punch line of my derogatory jokes” — the tweet highlights a concerning trend in both the visibility of the LGBTQ community and the attitudes of college-aged men.

I am called a “faggot” relatively often. Sometimes the insult comes from anonymous Internet users responding to blog posts I write, like this one, and other times it is hurled at me by drunken guys at bars. One night I was walking with my girlfriend through my neighborhood in San Francisco when a couple of men in a truck slowed down next to us, threw a beer bottle at my head, called me a “faggot,” and shouted at my girlfriend to “get a real man.” So I have a pretty intimate relationship with the word “faggot.” When I hear the word, I tense up, my body instinctively preparing to defend itself, and my heart rate quickens.

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