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[hide]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.[hide/]

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband Justin Mikita are growing their own modern family. The actor revealed on The Late Late Show with James Corden that he and his husband are expecting their first child. Corden was discussing life after age 40 with Ferguson when he asked him, “Was turning 40 a big deal for …

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Gay gossip blogger Perez Hilton has opened up about his dating life – or lack thereof – on Australia’s I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here. The controversial US personality is currently in the South African jungle for Channel 10 reality show. Perez candidly spoke about his personal life on the show’s podcast. He …

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Australian advertising watchdog Ad Standards dismissed complaints about a Bonds ad featuring a real-life gay couple that went viral on social media. In the ad, the shirtless couple – Nicolas and Steve – passionately kiss against a kitchen counter wearing matching underwear. “It’s the little moments that make Christmas season so special,” the caption reads. …

Australian LGBTIQ history timeline

Australia’s documented history of sexual diversity predates the arrival of the First Fleet at Botany Bay. Indeed, the Australian LGBTIQ history timeline begins with a 1727 shipwreck, the details recorded in a journal written by a ship’s officer. Pre-colonial history There is no record of LGBTIQ people in First Nations communities of the pre-colonial era. …

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The first episodes of Australian comedian Josh Thomas’ new US series Everything’s Gonna Be Okay landed today. In the drama/comedy series, Josh plays Nicholas, an Aussie who is in the US visiting his dad and teenage half-sisters Genevieve and Matilda. But after his dad’s sudden death, Nicholas becomes guardian to the two girls and must …

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As commentators and world leaders pay condolences on the death of Sultan Qaboos of Oman, they ignore the open secret of his sexuality. While lauding his contributions to Middle East peace (whatever that is) and his ability to act as a conduit between warring parties in the region, commentary ignores the repressive regime he ran …

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A judge has ruled a film portraying Jesus as gay must be taken down from streaming service Netflix in Brazil. The First Temptation of Christ caused chaos in the country, infuriating local Christians. Vigilantes even fire-bombed the production company with Molotov cocktails back in December. A petition to axe the film was created late last …

I knew I was gay the second I saw Debbie Thornberry surfing in khakis, her long blonde hair blowing in the wind. Something in her attitude just clicked inside me and I wanted to be just like her. Turns out, I was just into her. Below is a list of iconic cartoon characters who shaped …

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A UK gay couple were nearly bankrupted after a surrogate withheld their twin daughters demanding more money. Steven and Marc Winchester-Horscraft were left £43,000 ($AU82,000) in debt after a bitter legal battle ensued over the newborns (pictured). At the time of the trial the twins, who were born premature, were in intensive care fighting for …

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As queer people, we have had a difficult history. While currently we may live in a more progressive time, in the past the LGBTIQ community has faced many challenges. From the Stonewall Riots, to the rise of marriage equality our history is rich and emotional. Below is a list of LGBTIQ books which represent out …

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