'Faggot' tweeted 2.5 million times since July 5

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The word “faggot” has been tweeted more than 2.5 million times since July 5, according to researchers at the University of Alberta’s Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services.

The phrases “so gay” and “no homo” have been tweeted nearly one millions times.

The statistics were compiled with the help of the website NoHomophobes.com, which automatically tracks the number of times homophobic slurs are broadcast via Twitter.

The site displays the number of time each phrase has been used in a day, the previous week, or since the site began. And it also shows, in real time, the latest tweets that were sent containing the offending phrases.

“This website is designed as a social mirror to show the prevalence of casual homophobia in our society,” write its creators. “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.”