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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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Two of the actors in HBO’s new comedy-drama The White Lotus have discussed that shock cliffhanger, which saw their characters getting caught rimming each other at the end of episode 4. The six-episode satirical HBO series is set at the titular Hawaiian resort The White Lotus. The show follows the resort’s staff catering to upper-class …

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LGBTIQ advocates are frustrated yet another Australian Census won’t ask about sexual orientation and gender identity, keeping queer communities largely invisible. The Australian Bureau of Statistics runs the national Census every five years. This year’s official Census night is on Tuesday, August 10. Forms are now hitting mailboxes across Australia. The Census’ national population data …

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TikTok and Twitter users have been slammed for exposing queer athletes at the Olympics in Tokyo by sharing their Grindr profiles. The social media platforms’ users have used Grindr’s “Explore” feature to navigate to the Tokyo’s Olympic Village. Insider has reported at least four TikTok posts and 10 tweets have included profiles of Olympic athletes. …

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Victorian LGBTIQ+ organisation Thorne Harbour Health has hit out at homophobic complaints against its longest-running gay men’s sexual health campaign. Since 2008, Thorne Harbour’s “The Drama Downunder” campaign has promoted STI testing and gay men’s sexual health and wellbeing. To do so, they use models wearing white briefs to bust stigma around discussing sexual health. …

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British diver Tom Daley has won his first Olympic gold medal. The out 27-year-old and his diving partner Matty Lee scored gold in their men’s synchronised 10m platform event at the Tokyo Games, with a score of 471.81. After their dive, the pair watched on as their Chinese rivals Cao Yuan and Chen Aisen performed …

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Network Ten journalist Eammon Ashton-Atkinson is recovering after suffering from COVID-19 and two “scary” strokes in a “tough month”. The Aussie, US-based correspondent discovered he had contracted the virus after returning from a work stint in Nigeria. Eammon then spent 14 days in isolation and said he suffered a sore neck from constantly coughing. For …

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A gay rugby player and his club in the UK are celebrating after he was granted asylum, winning a years-long legal battle against deportation to Kenya. Ken Macharia moved to the UK to study in 2009. Working as a mechanical engineer, he later sought asylum, fearing persecution if he returned to Kenya. This month the …

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Hamish Macdonald will return to Channel Ten’s The Project after stepping down as host of ABC’s Q+A. On Monday, the ABC announced he was leaving the broadcaster after 18 months hosting the panel program. He’ll return to Channel Ten’s The Project. Social media abuse was a “key factor” in Macdonald’s decision to leave the ABC …

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Irish police have charged five men with engaging in public sex acts after undercover officers caught them cruising in a department store men’s room in Dublin. A court heard staff at the Marks and Spencer department store in Dublin’s city centre knew the bathroom was a popular gay cruising spot, the Irish Examiner reported. The …

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Queer punters have packed out nightclubs across Britain as Prime Minister Boris Johnson controversially scraps restrictions on “Freedom Day”. Inside London gay club Heaven, a huge countdown on the main stage ticked down to 12am Monday (July 19), the second dancing could legally begin again. And at the stroke of midnight, punters left their tables …

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