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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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A gay man living on Phillip Island in Victoria has thanked dozens of locals who helped him defy homophobic trolls and paint his house in rainbow colours. Mykey O’Halloran (pictured), a professional hair artist, moved in to his bungalow on the island in February. However just a month later, a group of neighbours who heard …

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Chances are if you opened Facebook in the last three years you experienced the screeching ball of profanity, blonde wigs and sexual innuendo that is Christian Hull. Now Hull has told his story in memoir Leave Me Alone, a no holds barred account of his life and also his rise to fame. Almost overnight, the …

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Former US Bachelor star Colton Underwood has come out as gay in an interview on US television, saying he “hated himself for a long time”. The reality TV star and former NFL player told Good Morning America he came to terms with his sexuality earlier this year and was now ready to tell people. “This …

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Queer Eye star Tan France announced he and his husband Rob are expecting their first child together. The Queer Eye star and his husband, Rob France, both announced on Instagram they’re expecting their first child via surrogate. “So happy to finally share that WE’RE HAVING A BABY!!” he wrote on Instagram on a photoshopped snap …

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Highly anticipated gay drama Supernova, starring Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci as long-term partners, is in Australian cinemas this week. The film follows Tusker (Tucci) and Sam (Firth) as they travel across country in an old RV visiting old friends and places from their past. The couple make the road trip after Tusker receives an …

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Actor and Instragam star Leslie Jordan has opened up about the joys and pitfalls of his newfound, post-COVID social media fame. The actor is known for his roles as Beverley Leslie on Will & Grace and multiple characters on American Horror Story. But he became an unexpected lifeline for all of us last year with …

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A new American reboot of Russell T. Davies’ iconic TV series Queer As Folk is coming. US streaming service Peacock has greenlit an eight-episode “reimagining” of the original groundbreaking British series, set in America. Creator Stephen Dunn is developing the new project, which has been in development since 2018. The new series follows a diverse …

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A gay couple have shared their incredible story of becoming first-time dads after finding an abandoned baby at a New York subway station 20 years ago. Danny Stewart was commuting to meet partner Pete Mercurio in August 2000 when he spotted what he thought was a baby doll in a corner of the station. Walking …

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Kate Winslet said she sadly knows of gay actors in Hollywood hiding their sexuality out of fear they won’t get cast in straight roles. The actress revealed she knows at least four actors who are fearful of coming out in part due to persistent stigma in the film industry. “I cannot tell you the number …

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Twenty years ago this week, the world’s first same-sex marriage legislation officially came into effect in the Netherlands. The country’s House of Representatives passed the same-sex marriage bill 109 votes to 33 on September 12, 2000. The Senate followed suit a few months later. The landmark marriage laws granted same-sex couples the same legal rights …

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