The reason that I have created a separate page for the definitions of slurs that are used against individuals belonging to the queer community is that it can cause some individuals to become triggered or uncomfortable simply by looking at the words. If you wish to see these words and read their definitions, continue scrolling down this page. If an individual outside or inside the queer community ever stipulates that they do not want to hear, speak, or talk about any of these words, it is imperative that that request is respected.
Faggot -- this word is a slur. This slur has been and continues to be used to demean gay and queer people. While the word holds other non-queer related meanings in other parts of the world, in western cultures it is widely seen as an insult to be used towards gay men. This word is also commonly used as a casual insult towards anyone who is AMAB and shows more feminine characteristics. While some queer people have reclaimed this word, it is widely still seen as a hurtful slur. A good ally would never say this word and would condemn its usage by non-queer people. Tranny -- this word is a slur. This slur has been used historically and continues to be used towards openly trans individuals and perceivably gender-nonconforming individuals. While some queer people today have reclaimed this word and no longer see it as a slur, the large majority of queer people today are still made uncomfortable or triggered by the use of the word, whether it is used against them or not. A good ally would never say this word and would condemn its usage by non-queer people. Transvestite -- this word is a slur, but has not been used as a weapon to the extent that words like "tranny" and "faggot" have. This slur has been used historically to refer to sex workers who would cross-dress or transgender sex workers. This term is very old and has since been replaced by the much more sensitive and accurate terms "transgender" and "transsexual". I strongly urge allies to cut out the word "transvestite" from their vernacular, save for educational conversations.
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