List of LGBT-related slurs

The following is a list of LGBT-related slurs that are, or have been, used as insinuations or allegations about lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender and non-binary people, or to refer to them in a derogatory (that is, critical), pejorative (disapproving or contemptuous), or otherwise insulting manner.

GeneralEdit

Term Language Meaning Notes Refs
Queer English Fake or crooked Has been reclaimed by some LGBT individuals. [1]
Bender English Someone who twists something [2]
Deviant English Wrong and different [3]

Against menEdit

Term Language Meaning Notes Refs
Sissy English Effeminate man [4]
Girlie men English Effeminate man [5]
Pansy English Effeminate man [6]
Janus English Effeminate man [6]
Sodomite English Man who has anal sex [7]
Nancy English Homosexual or effeminate man [8][9]
Poof/Poofter English Effeminate man [2]
Fairy English Effeminate man [10]
Brownie English Man who enjoys being anally penetrated [11]
Pillow-biter English Man who enjoys being anally penetrated [12]
Bugger English Man who has anal sex [13]
Cola Chilean Spanish "Tail", man who enjoys being anally penetrated [14]
Fudgepacker English Man who enjoys to penetrate anally [15]
Nelly English A feminine man [16]

Against womenEdit

Term Language Meaning Notes Refs
Fag hag English Woman who likes to associate with androphilic men [17]
Fish English "Fish" as in something smelling badly Used by some gay men to refer to women [18]
Rug muncher English A woman who performs cunnilingus [19]
Marimacho Spanish Masculine woman [20]

Against homosexualsEdit

Prejudice against homosexual people is called homophobia

Term Language Meaning Notes Refs
Homo English Homosexual [21]
Homintern English Homosexual advocate, member of the so-called "Gay Mafia" Used during the McCarthyist scare [22][23]
Invert English [24]
Bent English Crooked or wrong Used in the United Kingdom[25][26][27] [28][29]

The use of the word gay as a generalized pejorative adjective (e.g.,"Giving us more homework is so gay!") is considered by some to be homophobic,[30][31] because it implies that homosexuality is wrong.[32] A 2015 YouGov survey found that 49 per cent of 18 to 29 year-olds believe the use of the word like that to be acceptable.[33]

Gay menEdit

Term Language Meaning Notes Refs
Faggot/Fag English Homosexual man Used in North America.[a] [36]
Fjolla Swedish Effeminate homosexual man [37]
Machobög Swedish Masculine homosexual man [38]
Viado Portuguese Feminine homosexual man [39]
Shirtlifter English A gay man who is sexually aggressive towards young boys [40]
Bardash English Man who is submissive during homosexual acts Derives from an Italian world for male prostitute [41][42]
Bakla Several Used in the Philippines [43]
Batiman Belizean Creole "Butt man": a gay man Used in Belize. [44][45]
Flamer English Obvious homosexual [6]
Fruit English Homosexual man [40]
Moffie English, Afrikaans Homosexual man who bottoms Used in South Africa [40][46]
Ponce English Homosexual man who is unmasculine [40]
Tapette French Homosexual man who is not very masculine [40][47]
Steamer English Homosexual man who is not very masculine [40]
Nola English Homosexual man who is not very masculine [40]
Flit English Homosexual man who is not very masculine [40]
Daffodil English Homosexual man who is not very masculine [40]
Jocker English Masculine homosexual man [40]
Quean English Homosexual man who is not very masculine [40]
Greek English Homosexual man who is masculine [40]
Tonk English Homosexual man who is not very masculine [40]
Lizzie English Homosexual man who is not very masculine [40]
Wonk English Homosexual man who is not very masculine [40]
Dorian English Homosexual man, maculine and feminine [40]
Poove English Homosexual man who is not very masculine Often used in prisons in the past [40]
Sod English Homosexual man [48]
Fairy English Homosexual man [49]
Flikker Dutch Homosexual man
Ogay English A play on the brand Olay [50]
Batty boy/batty man English Homosexual man Used in West India and the Caribbean [51][52]
Nancy/nancy boy English Homosexual or effeminate man [9]
Woofter English Homosexual or effeminate man Alteration of poofter [53]
Twinkie/twink English Homosexual or effeminate man [54]
Swish English Effeminate homosexual man [55]
Nelly/nellie English Effeminate homosexual man [56]

LesbiansEdit

Prejudice against lesbians is called lesbophobia

Term Language Meaning Notes Refs
Dyke English Lesbian, homosexual woman Has been partly reclaimed by some women. [57]
Bollera Spanish Lesbian, homosexual woman [58]
Lesbo English Lesbian, homosexual woman [59]
Flata Swedish Lesbian, homosexual woman Outdated and rarely used as a pejorative in the 21st century [60]
Bofe Portuguese Masculine lesbian Used in Brazil [61]
Caminhoneira Portuguese Masculine lesbian Used in Brazil [61]
Gouine French Lesbian, homosexual woman Has been partly reclaimed by some women. [62]
Goudou French Lesbian, homosexual woman Has been partly reclaimed by some women. [63]

Against bisexual peopleEdit

Prejudice against bisexual people is called biphobia

Term Language Meaning Notes Refs
AC/DC English Goes both ways Used in North America [64]
Switch hitter English Doing it both right and left Comes from baseball terminology for a player who bats both right and left handed [65]

Bisexual womenEdit

Term Language Meaning Notes Refs
Bislut English Bisexual slut Comes from the idea that bisexuals are more promiscuous [66]
Lug English "Lesbian until graduation" Used against women who have had homosexual relationships in the past but are now with men [67]
Fauxbians English Fake lesbian, often for attention Sometimes used against bisexual women [68]

Against transgender peopleEdit

Prejudice against transgender people is called transphobia

Term Language Meaning Notes Refs
Tranny/Trannie English Diminutive of transvestite or transgender Mostly targeted towards transgender women. [69]
Shim English Portmanteau of “she” and “him” [69]
HeShe English Often not derogatory within African American LGBT communities[16] [70]
Transtrender English Someone pretending to be transgender Implies that one who claims to be transgender is only doing it for attention [71][72][73][74]

Trans menEdit

Prejudice against trans men is called transphobia.

Term Language Meaning Notes Refs
Cuntboy English [75]
Hefemale English [76]
Lost lesbian English [77]

Trans womenEdit

Prejudice against trans women is called transmisogyny

Term Language Meaning Notes Refs
Shemale English Woman who's had top surgery or breast growth from HRT, but not bottom surgery[78] May be used by trans sex workers [79]
Dickgirl English A woman with a penis [75]
Ladyboy English [75]
Chicks with dicks English [80]
Mahu Hawaiian Hermaphrodite, masculine woman, feminine man Was not originally offensive [81]
Shim English [82]
Trap English Originally only applied to convincingly feminine-appearing crossdressers [83]
Trans-identified male English [84][85]

Against intersex peopleEdit

Term Language Meaning Notes Refs
Hermaphrodite English Having both sexes Formerly a medical term.[b] [86]
Hermie English Hermaphrodite [87]
Izak Dari, Pashto Someone without a distinct sex Used in Afghanistan [88]
Hybrid English A being with mixed origins [89]
Napumsakapandaka Tamil A person born without either male or female external genitalia[c] A kind of Pandaka [91]

Intersex menEdit

Term Language Meaning Notes Refs
Halfman English [92]
Napumsaka Tamil A male who can not have sex due to absence of sexual organs from birth [91]

Intersex womenEdit

Term Language Meaning Notes Refs
Halfwoman English [92]

Against cross-dressersEdit

Term Language Meaning Notes Refs
Transa Swedish Cross-dressing person [93]
Transvestite English Old word for cross-dresser Often used for men. Similar words in other languages are the preferred term[d] [95]
Quean English Drag performer Originally meant "a woman of low morality" [96]

Cross-dressing menEdit

Term Language Meaning Notes Refs
Pondan Malaysian Homosexual cross-dressing man [97][98]
Tranny English [70]
She-Man English [99]
Okama Japanese Cooking pot [100]
Banci Indonesian [101]
Bencong Indonesian [101]

Cross-dressing womenEdit

Term Language Meaning Notes Refs
Hommasse French Woman who cross-dresses, "hewoman" [102][103]
Hermaphroditi Early Modern English Masculine woman who cross-dresses Not used to refer to people with the word hermaphrodite [104]

Against androgynous peopleEdit

Term Language Meaning Notes Refs
Berdache French "Boy prostitute" Used by anthropologists as a term for Amerindian androgynous people, primarily men [105][106]

Androgynous menEdit

Term Language Meaning Notes Refs
Breck girl English [107]

OtherEdit

Term Language Meaning Notes Refs
Chaser[e] English Someone who is, or is interested in being, in a relationship with a transperson Implies that the interest is only fetishistic or predatory [109][110][111]
Fence-sitter English A Questioning person [112]
Khusra Urdu A transgender woman, hijra, gay man, effeminate man, or someone who lacks male reproductive organs. "Aimed at emasculating"; used in Pakistan [113]
Kteuy Several Male bodied LGBT individual who doesn't align with social expectations May not be derogatory outside of Cambodia [114]
Breeder English Someone who reproduces biologically Used against any person in a relationship which can produce biological children [115]
Fruit fly English A person with many LGBT friends [116]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ In British English the words Faggot and Fag have other, innocuous meanings, notably a type of food and a cigarette respectively.[34][35]
  2. ^ Term is still used in biology.
  3. ^ Said to be punishment for having castrated animals in a previous life.[90]
  4. ^ Such as Transvestit in Swedish[94] and Travesti in some Spanish speaking territories, European Portuguese and in the La Francophonie (French speaking regions).
  5. ^ Or tranny chaser.[108]

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