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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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Wakefield Poole, American dancer and choreographer turned trailblazing gay porn filmmaker, has died at age 85. Poole (above left) passed away on October 27, and the The New York Times published an obituary at the weekend. He is best known for his landmark 1971 directorial debut film Boys in the Sand, a very early feature-length …

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LGBTIQ rights campaigners in Botswana are cheering after their country’s appeals court upheld a landmark ruling decriminalising same-sex relationships. The African nation’s government appealed an earlier 2019 ruling that criminalising homosexuality was unconstitutional. That ruling was also a major win for campaigners on the continent, but Prior to 2019, the country’s Penal Code made “carnal …

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Sydney’s gay penguin power couple Sphen and Magic are celebrating their third anniversary and are still inseparable, their aquarium says. The same-sex penguin pair went viral in 2018 when staff at Sydney’s Sea Life Aquarium announced the monogamous males had paired up. The duo made headlines around the world after hatching two chicks together at …

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A longtime gay activist and charity worker has won a “life-changing” million dollars on Channel Nine’s Millionaire Hot Seat. Antony McManus appeared on the show last week, and after a series of increasingly difficult questions, made it all the way to final challenge. The question was: Which of these classic literary works was published first? …

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Actor Hugh Sheridan is playing their first gay role in new Brisbane-shot festive flick Christmas on the Farm, streaming on Stan this week. The heartfelt and hilarious rom-com was shot in Brisbane earlier this year. It stars Aussie actress Poppy Montgomery alongside Sheridan and Nicholas Brown, who plays Sheridan’s farmer husband. Montgomery plays author Clementine …

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A beautiful Christmas ad by Norway’s national postal service Posten showing Santa Claus in a gay relationship has gone viral. Titled When Harry met Santa, the gay love story marks Norway’s upcoming ​50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality. In the cinematic four minute ad, a man named Harry waits all year just to spend …

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Gold Coast teenager Emily Ross has taken out the award for Best Music Video at the BUFTA awards on the weekend.  The video for her beautiful, original song, Contracts in Candlelight featured a touching queer love story.  Contracts in Candlelight wins best music video At 18 years old Emily Ross has just graduated high school. …

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QNews and the Pride Business Network are hosting a free screening of the comedic and poignant gay drama Swan Song in Brisbane next month. After a 50-year film career, Udo Kier has taken the lead in the role of a lifetime. For the 76-year-old, the buzz around Swan Song follows lead and support roles in over …

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A Western Australian court has sentenced Perth man Tyler Dean Borinelli to six and half years jail for his role in two violent assaults on gay men earlier this year. Borinelli (pictured), who has been in custody since April, separately used gay app Scruff to lure two gay men to isolated construction sites in the …

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Retired Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe has received Sport Australia’s top honour: “Legend” status in its prestigious Hall of Fame. Thorpie is the most successful male Olympian in Australian history. Over nine years of elite swimming, Thorpe won five Olympic gold medals and set 23 world records. At age 17, Thorpe was an undisputed champion at …

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