If you want to depress yourself on this rainy Friday, we'd suggest you visit the new website, nohomophobes.com, which chronicles the horrific and prolific use of homophobia that exists on social media websites.
A barrage of casually cruel tweets rushes swiftly by each moment on the site, which was created by the University of Alberta's Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS). According to the press release, the website is supposed to serve as a "social mirror" that captures and documents the amount of homophobic language that occurs every moment of every day. Since July 5, "Faggot" has been tweeted 2.4 million times, "So Gay" 800,000 times, "No Homo" 800,000 times and "Dyke" 300,000 times.
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At first I thought, in my Pollyanna-ish way, that perhaps people were affectionately tweeting each other. After all, my queer friends and I call each other fags all the time (admittedly not on Twitter, but still). Or maybe people were proudly exclaiming their identities, in a sort of affirmative, Stewart Smalley way: "I am dyke, hear me roar!" Alas, that doesn't appear to be the case. Here's a sample from literally 30 seconds in real time: