To honour Pride Month 2021, people on TikTok are teaching others why it is offensive to use the d-slur.

Every year, Pride Month is held in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.

Due to Covid, Pride celebrations are set to be a little different this year, with many of the world’s biggest parades and events unable to take place.

However, Pride Month is still being widely celebrated on social media, especially on TikTok where people are educating others on derogatory homophobic slurs.

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What is the d-slur?

  • ‘D-slur’ is another way of saying the word ‘dyke’.

‘Dyke’ is a derogatory slang term that means ‘lesbian’.

By definition, a ‘slur’ is a an “insinuation or allegation about someone that is likely to insult them or damage their reputation”.

Why the slur is an offensive and defamatory term

‘Dyke’ is a derogatory and homophobic term used to describe a masculine or ‘butch’ woman.

It is thought to have developed from the word ‘bulldyke’ which dates make to the late 19th century and has a similar definition, meaning “a lesbian of masculine appearance or manner”.

The term was then shortened to just ‘dyke’ and adopted an offensive and insulting meaning.

According to GLAAD, an American media monitoring organisation founded as a protest against defamatory coverage of LGBT people, ‘dyke’ is “defamatory language” that “should be the same as those applied to vulgar epithets used to target other groups”.

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TikTok users discourage use of the d-slur

On TikTok, a number of people have launched a movement to discourage people from using the d-slur on social media.

Social media users are teaching others about the derogatory nature of homophobic slurs, claiming that they aren’t “just words” and can hurt people.

TikTok users widely agree that it is rude to say the d-slur unless you yourself identify as a ‘lesbian’.

Someone called @urnotsolocalspaz on TikTok said in a video: “Friendly reminder, you can’t say the d-slur if you aren’t lesbian or bi.”

The clip got a huge 356,000 likes and was met with a lot of support.

If you are describing a homosexual woman, ‘lesbian’ is the correct term, and any other slang terms could be considered defamatory.

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