Suggested responses to hate speech which targets people’s gender identity & sexual orientation

7 May, 2013
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Community Manager
May 7, 2013 at 10:25 pm

In the No Hate Speech Movement we encourage you to use our reporting tool when you encounter hate speech online. Reports can be made on this page (go to Submit a new report) and any success stories regarding the suggested responses below can be sent to

What to do if you encounter homophobic and transphobic hate speech online? Simple actions at the hand of everyone:

1. Write a private message to the person posting it and explain to them why that is hate speech. Be accurate and to the point! People might be ignorant and actually innocent. Suggest them the appropriate action: i.e. remove the post/comment; publish a further comment on the matter explaining why it was wrong.

2. Report hate speech to the administration of the website. Read terms and conditions of usage of website - usually it contains rules forbiding illegal, offensive content. Some websites have reporting templates.

3. Take a public stance against the particular hate speech content. You can do that in a comment on the actual platform, on your blog, by reporting it in the Hate speech watch. It does not have to be academic, but it has to offer the different perspective.

Here are 5 simple suggested ways to respond to hate speech encountered online. You can find inspiration or simply choose one!Disclaimer: The following suggestions are varied, some of them are informative, some of them are humorous and some of them are provocative. It is for you to determine which are appropriate for you and any organization you may represent.

1. Etymology of ‘homophobia’= homo (=same, in Greek) and –phobia (=fear of, in Greek). Is it not sad to be afraid of who we are? Do I sense some self-loathing?
2. Arachnophobia; homophobia; acrophobia; agoraphobia; mysophobia; transphobia... all phobias are irrational fears.
3. There is no ‘cure’ for homosexuality/bisexuality or even heterosexuality. Nor for stupidity.
4. Gender does not signify the genitals you are born with. If that was the case, you’d always be a "dick"!
5. Such comments only serve to further hate and exclude certain groups and/or individuals. Such hateful expressions can have severe consequences and lead to more than just verbal abuse, it can lead to death.
6. I hate homophobia, biphobia and transphobia; they are absurd, ignorant and small minded…like you I guess!

[inspired from STOP Homophobia’s Hate Mail responses]
For your further use: StatisticsNo Homophobes - monitors ‘casual’ homophobic speech on Twitter. Statistics in real timeCouncil of Europe, Country thematic studies on homophobia, transphobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity
Trans Murder Monitoring project


1 Comment
  • Gabor Csomor
    May 15, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    7. Homosexuality exists in 450 species. Homophobia is found only in one. Which one seems unnatural now?