I don't quite understand why they'd pick a word which is still regarded as offensive by many English speakers. (Or, for that matter, why it's become selective about how offensive its use is, depending on the speaker.)
When I started writing this column in 1991, there was a debate raging in hellish homosexual circles about words like faggot. The idea was that if we used these words ourselves--Queer Nation, Dyke March, "Hey, Faggot"--straights couldn't use them as hate words anymore. I chose "Hey, Faggot" as my salutation in joking reference to this lively debate about reclaiming hate words.
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