I’m sure all members of the LGBTQ community, and even most members of the straight community, have been called this hateful word, or a derivative of it, at one time or another.
Usually the hateful term is aimed toward LGBTQ people, and has a very negative connotation for most.
Though perhaps innocent in its origin (as you may often hear, the word used to refer to a bundle of sticks, although I’m sure no one in the last century has used it in that sense) it has evolved into something far more evil, far more heinous, and the monster it has become needs to be slain sooner, rather than later.
Recently it has come to my attention that certain LGBTQ people would like to “reclaim” the word, as did the black community with the “N” word. They reason that they, and only they, should have the right to say the word, and that eventually through their use of it to describe themselves, the “power” of the word will be taken away.
I, for one, strongly disagree.
In my honest opinion, it would be a horrible idea for LGBTQ members to start spouting this word as if it were something negligible or without meaning.
This word is something much more dangerous than people make it out to be. Let me use myself as an example.
In seventh grade, my fellow students had decided that I was a “fag” and decided to make that known. Almost every day, I would come to school to hear things like “No one likes you, faggot” or “Why don’t you just go kill yourself, fag?” This went on for literally every day over the course of several months until I had a complete breakdown in my mother’s car and she subsequently contacted the school and informed them of my situation.
This wasn’t the end of my experience with the word, however.
All throughout high school, I was labelled “fag”, “homo”, “gay boy” and many other derogatory terms. Yet after being called all that, and so much more, being called a fag hurt more than anything. It broke my spirit and my will to live more than anything
Maybe it was my past experience with the word, but maybe it wasn’t. I hear many LGBTQ people express their contempt for that word. So, tell me, why again are we trying to reclaim it?
Why are we trying to make innocent something so horrendous? Something that’s taken so many lives? Future generations will look back on us in disgust if we choose to idly sit by and do nothing about this injustice. We must aid in the fight against homophobia, whether we are LGBTQ or just an ally. We must rise up against all injustice.