I think straight people, and really all non-gays need to stop saying the word fag. And really a lot of gay people misuse the word too.
I’m always told ’it’s just a word’, ‘you’re being too sensitive’, ‘it doesn’t even mean gay anymore’
to you it’s just a word.
to me, it’s the time I was pushed against a wall while I felt a razor glide across my stomach.
to me, it’s the time my parents said people like me were going to hell.
to me, it’s the nightmares I’ve had of people finding out the truth about me.
to me, it’s the time my belongings were stolen and vandalized.
to me, it’s the thousands of lgbt+ people who have been murdered for being brave enough to be who they were.
to me, it’s the times when gay men were tied up and burned at the stake.
this isn’t ‘just a word’, it’s a violent act, it’s an attack on me and those like me.