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Mexican Coach Allegedly Defends Use of Homophobic Slur; FIFA Investigates

Monica Trasandes | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Monica Trasandes

Over the years, I've heard a lot of explanations from people who want to defend the use of this word beginning with 'gringos don't understand -- it's cultural.'

The Truth About Anti-Trans* Slurs

Stephanie Mott | Posted 05.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

We must find a way to understand the damage we do. We can't continue to throw around words that we don't find personally offensive and wash our hands of the harm they cause to someone else. If we do anything less than put an end to the use of anti-trans* slurs, then we are just bullies.

American Idol Contestant Caleb Johnson Called Out After Referring To Fans As 'Retards'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact

In just one sentence last week, American Idol contestant Caleb Johnson managed to upset both the fans he relies on for support and people with develop...

'American Horror Story' Star Causes Outrage By Repeatedly Using Anti-Trans Slur [UPDATED]

Posted 02.01.2014 | Gay Voices

Actress Gabourey Sidibe repeatedly used a transphobic slur when she recently visited "The Arsenio Hall Show" to discuss living in New Orleans. The ...

As American as Baseball and Homophobia

Holly R. Cashman | Posted 10.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Holly R. Cashman

How do you react to a homophobic slur in front of your parents? Does "Gay-Rod" constitute a homophobic slur? Should I educate the guy about the damaging repercussions of the use of "gay" as an insult? These are questions I did not want to have to consider during my trip to the ballpark.

When Is It Okay for Me to Call You a Nazi?

Kate Gale | Posted 09.30.2013 | Media
Kate Gale

To call someone a Nazi is to trivialize the world's worst genocide. It is to trivialize the great global tragedy of the last century.

Speaker Boehner's Urgent Opportunity to Unite America

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

It's time for John Boehner to decide if he is a national leader or merely a party hack raised by fate to the level beyond his true capacity, thereby staying in "power" by appealing to the lowest-common denominator and ignoring an urgent need for America.

How To Defuse A Hateful Slur

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.08.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Now we have a psychological explanation for this counterintuitive phenomenon of self-labeling. It all has to do with power, and perceptions of power, in society.

Quiz: Do You Get Why You Shouldn't Say The R-Word?

Ellen Seidman | Posted 11.06.2013 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

To illuminate why the r-word is so demeaning, why parents take it so personally and why this isn't just about a word, I put together a little quiz I hope you'll share. The prize for acing it: a lifetime supply of compassion, consideration and soul.

What's Wrong with 'Retard'?

Soeren Palumbo | Posted 05.06.2013 | Impact
Soeren Palumbo

When we replace words like "retard" with others like "peer," "co-worker," or "friend," we all benefit from a more complete and beautiful understanding of what it means to be human.

Let's Not Take Back the 'F-Word'

Uloop | Posted 04.28.2013 | College
Uloop

Gay youths are still ending their lives over the pain of being called this word. If society is outdated, and we need to move past slurs, why would society want to take back the "f word" instead of erasing it from our venacular?

Azealia Banks, Intersectionality And How Her Word Reclaiming Isn't Possible

Glennisha Morgan | Posted 04.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Glennisha Morgan

I'm well aware of the misogyny and homophobia of hip-hop as a whole and the fact that Azealia's male counterparts say similar things on wax and outside the studio, but I'm specifically irritated and baffled by Azealia's ignorance, behavior and theories because she's a black bisexual woman.

Ford, A Comedian & A Car Named 'Queerloaf'

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.24.2012 | Gay Voices

On Tuesday morning, comedian Rob Delaney sent a tweet to Ford that appeared to contain a gay slur. "Ford, u should change the name of the mustang t...

Reclaiming 'Labels'

Adam Kissel | Posted 07.25.2012 | College
Adam Kissel

Many are aware of a controversial part of The Vagina Monologues in which the audience is encouraged to "reclaim" a certain slur. Unfortunately, the idea of using derogatory words to draw attention to their effects in society has met roadblocks at two universities lately.

Is It Time For This Word To Go?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 05.07.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Language is a living thing, regularly pruning words that once had benign meaning ("retarded", for instance, was a medical term for "slowed") after they take on connotations beyond their original point. This process is not just window dressing or political correctness but rather a chance and provides a regular re-evaluation of whether we are saying what we really mean.

Why I Don't Use the I-Word -- In Any Form

Rinku Sen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rinku Sen

The repetition of the i-word in conjunction with images of brown-skinned people popularizes the notion that individuals are to blame for our systemic challenges. Language matters in immigration.

Clyburn: Racist Faxes, Image Of Noose Were Sent To Office (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) received racist faxes Monday in the wake of Sunday's House vote approving health care reform legislation. ...

Fender Bender or Hit-and-Run Slur?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Cubias

I've been dealing with car problems as of late. In short, my decade-old deathtrap is finally headed for the scrap heap. What was the final blow? What ...

Class Insults Unite: "Wearing A Flag Pin And Showing His Crack"

Joan Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan Williams

Obama's doing a great job keeping the focus on the economy. Let's not blow it on the cultural front.