Meanwhile, as the documentary Deep Water revealed, the literal bashing and killing of poofters caught at it in public parklands was something of a pastime. Today, universities have "queer studies departments"; we have organizations like "Queer Nation" and "Queers for Economic Justice"; and a popular gay site called "Queerty. Taking a word out of circulation has the effect of stopping its evolution, freezing it in time, and shielding it from the cultural forces that morph its meaning. The homosexual sense began to appear in Britain in the s, to judge from a comment in the New Statesman in March Terms of abuse and endearment Terms of abuse are a way of distinguishing those whom we choose to marginalise because we do not like the look of them or because we were there first. Anyone should be so lucky to be called one. Articles By Gabriel Arana.
On this point I'd say the identity of the speaker is less important than the context in which it's used—if it's not used to demean, go for it.
We need to talk about the word ‘faggot’
It turns up, to take just one case, in one of the Ingoldsby Legends by Richard Barham The poetics of retreat: This is unsubstantiated; the emergence of the slang term in 20th-century American English is unrelated to historical death penalties for homosexuality. Following widespread criticism and pressure from listeners, the decision was reversed and the original unedited version of the song was reinstated, with clarification from Andy Parfitt, the station controller, that in the context of the song the lyrics had no "negative intent". Lesbiangaybisexualand transgender LGBT slang.