Sure, as children we were told, "Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me." But, it's not so simple. Words may not break bones, but they can be horribly hurtful and deeply damaging.
This is especially true when homophobic slurs are used to bully students for being different. Reports show that 86.2 percent of LGBT students reported being verbally harassed in school, and over 60 percent say they feel unsafe because of their sexual orientation.
That is why GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) launched the campaign "ThinkB4YouSpeak" to encourage everyone to change their language and stop the use of derogatory put-downs like "That's So Gay..."