Twitter Responds To Homophobia With Hilarious #ImQueerBecause Trend

Posted on February 25, 2016 in LGBTQ, Media, Society

By Rohini Banerjee:

On February 24th, Twitter user John Russell Stranger tweeted asking people to battle homophobia by posting sarcastic responses about being queer using the hashtag #imqueerbecause:

And queer twitter literally exploded – with responses ranging from biting, to intense, to rib-ticklingly hilarious. The hashtag was started to counter the bogus assumption that any form of childhood trauma or abuse leads to someone ‘turning gay’ or LGBTQ – which is surprisingly common amongst homophobes – and slowly evolved into a full-scale attack on common stereotypes associated with the LGBT+ community.

There were some hilarious responses:

Some people blamed it on “queer” food:

Some people took on stereotypes head on:

The Sarcasm Was Strong With This One:

Soon, Things Got Way Too Real:

All in all, it was a pretty rad twitter trend, and some important misconceptions and stereotypes about LGBTQ people were challenged. You did good, twitter!

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