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The word gay refers to homosexual people, or traits regarded as indicating homosexuality. While used more often for men, the term also encompasses women who choose to refer to themselves as gay women. Before the advent of the LGBTIQ acronym, the term ‘gay community’ often encompassed the entire gamut of the LGBTIQ communities. The word originally meant ‘carefree’, ‘cheerful’, or ‘bright and showy’. Its use to describe homosexuals seems to date from the late 19th century. However, it became increasingly popular in the mid-20th century. In modern English, the word is both adjective and noun. It describes the people, community, practices and cultures associated with homosexuals. Homosexual men began to favour the word in the 1960s. By the 1980s major LGBTIQ groups and style guides recommended the word to describe same-sex attracted people. However, in recent years some also use the word derisively, replacing previous slurs. While some LGBTIQ people ‘reclaimed’ words such as faggot to remove the sting from them, homophobes turned the gay community’s own chosen self descriptive against them. As a slur the word encompasses derision, light-hearted mockery and ridicule. Historians believe the use of the word to describe homosexuals derived from its previous use as a slang term for ‘immoral’ persons or acts. Used as early as the 14th century as slang, by the late 17th century it specifically relating to carnal pleasure. The slang took its cue from the original definition of ‘carefree’  and focussed on the meaning, ‘uninhibited by moral constraints’. The phrase ‘gay woman’ described a prostitute, a womaniser became a ‘gay man’, and brothels became known as ‘gay houses’. Once homosexual male prostitutes came to be known as ‘gay boys’, the use of the word spread to homosexuals in general.

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Regulators in Norway intend to fine Grindr $AUD15 million over the company’s allegedly illegal user data-sharing practices. The Norwegian Data Protection Authority (NDPA) accused the company of sharing users’ personal data from the app’s free version with third party advertisers without valid consent. The data the company shared included “GPS location, user profile data and …

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The former owner of New York’s famed Continental gay bathhouse, Steve Ostrow, has received an Order of Australia honour for his later work in Sydney’s LGBTIQ community. On Tuesday, the Sydney-based American expat (pictured) received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for “service to the LGBTIQ community and the performing arts.” Ostrow is …

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Veteran journalist Kerry O’Brien has rejected an Australia Day award to protest the controversial decision to give Margaret Court Australia’s highest honour. On Tuesday, the tennis champ turned Perth pastor is receiving a Companion (AC) of the Order of Australia for her service to tennis. But after Court’s top Australia Day gong leaked on Friday …

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Queer representation in film and TV has thrived considerably in the last few years, and just weeks into 2021 we’ve been blessed with It’s A Sin. A five-part series from Queer As Folk creator Russell T Davies, this alternately joyous and heartbreaking drama will undoubtedly stand as one of the year’s finest productions. The series …

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One of the real-life gay couple who share a creamy kiss together in a new Cadbury TV ad has slammed detractors complaining about the ad. London model Callum Sterling appeared alongside his real-life boyfriend Dale Moran alongside others in the ad for Cadbury’s chocolate Creme Eggs. The pair are described as “sharers” who eat one …

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A man who stabbed three gay men to death in a park in Reading in the UK has received a “whole-life” jail term and will die in prison. Khairi Saadallah pleaded guilty to three counts of murder after killing James Furlong, David Wails and Joseph Ritchie-Bennett in the park on June 20, 2020. The 26-year-old …

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Jack Vidgen has claimed he knows of “about 10 or 12” male professional footballers who are gay in a candid conversation on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. The 23-year-old singer discussed homosexuality and sport with former AFL stars Robert ‘Dipper’ DiPierdomenico and Travis Varcoe on Sunday night’s episode. However Vidgen said those …

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Disgraced gay far-right troll Milo Yiannopoulos has vowed to “destroy the Republican Party” after he says supporting US President Donald Trump “completely destroyed” his life. Milo amassed a large online following in part due to his enthusiastic support for Trump, who he falsely called “the most gay-friendly president in history”. However Milo’s career as an …

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US President-elect Joe Biden will nominate out former Democratic Presidential contender Pete Buttigieg to transportation secretary in his administration. Buttigieg was the first openly gay presidential candidate to gain traction in the Democratic primaries. The former Indiana mayor and Iraq war veteran eventually won the Iowa Caucus vote. He was the first openly queer person …

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Sixty-nine countries worldwide still criminalise consensual same-sex activity and at least half are actively using those laws to persecute LGBTIQ people, a new report has found. That’s according to global advocacy group ILGA World’s latest update to their State-Sponsored Homophobia report, released this week. “As of December 2020, 69 UN member states continue to criminalise …

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