Almost eight in 10 LGBTIQ+ Australians say they are at times the victim of hurtful language. In fact, in the last 12 months more than two thirds LGBTIQ+ people were called ‘fag’, ‘dyke’ or ‘tranny’.
Shockingly, more than 25 per cent of Australian LGBTIQ+ adults say the first time they were the victim of hurtful language specifically about their gender or sexual identity, the perpetrator was a friend or family member.
“When we support those on the receiving end of hurtful language and encourage them to contribute their voice to the conversation, we promote harmony.”
Take ‘That’s so gay’. Flippant? No. It has become part of the vernacular but as a throwaway line used to denote something negative or stupid. Some 44 per cent of people admit using this phrase without realising the LGBTIQ+ community don’t like hearing it. Yet those using it don’t necessarily understand the lasting damage it can do to others’ feeling of self.
That’s the thing though, isn’t it? Many people don’t intend to say something hurtful.