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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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Former rugby union player Dan Palmer has come out as gay and shared the harrowing toll of an inner battle with his sexuality in a powerful column. The 32-year-old previously played for the NSW Waratahs, the ACT Brumbies and also nationally for the Wallabies. He’s the first Wallaby ever to come out as gay. However …

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A pair of gay penguins at a zoo in the Netherlands have stolen the nest and eggs of a neighbouring lesbian couple. The aquatic soap opera unfolded at Amsersfoort’s DierenPark zoo, who said in a Facebook post the two male African penguins have stolen eggs before. Zookeeper Sander Drost told Dutch News the gay couple …

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James Randi, the magician and debunker of mind-reading and faith-healing charlatans, died yesterday aged 92. Randi took centre-place in one of the most iconic moments on Australian television when late-night TV host Don Lane stormed out of an interview. As he stomped off the set the ‘lanky yank’ uttered a phrase then considered too shocking …

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New Zealand has elected the world’s queerest Parliament at the weekend, surpassing previous record-holder the United Kingdom. Led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s Labour party won 64 of 120 parliamentary seats on Saturday in a landslide result. The election results show the total count of LGBTIQ politicians in New Zealand’s National Assembly will …

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A US fitness instructor has surprised his new husband by busting out choreo with their wedding party in a flash mob to Lady Gaga’s “Stupid Love”. On National Coming Out Day, Brock Dalgleish posted videos to social media of he and groom Riley Jay Barrington walking down the aisle. Dalgleish then stops, pulls off his …

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A new documentary screening in Australia exposes the horrors of Chechnya’s violent “gay purge” and the brave efforts of activists to rescue persecuted LGBTIQ Chechens. Since 2016, Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of the Russian republic of Chechnya, has vowed to “cleanse the blood” of Chechnya. To do this, he sanctioned a brutal campaign to detain, …

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A judge has slammed Network Ten for “burying” a clarification after settling a defamation case with a BDSM master whose Australian pup Jack Chapman died from silicone injections into his scrotum. American man Dylan Hafertepen (above right) sued Ten over the segment on The Project, aired November 2018. The story Justice for Jack, by Hamish …

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The first trailer for highly anticipated queer musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is here, and people are excited. The film, based on the acclaimed musical of the same name, stars newcomer Max Harwood as 16-year-old Jamie New. At school, Jamie doesn’t quite fit in and instead of pursuing a “real” career, he dreams of becoming …

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In the century when ‘the love that dare not speak its name’ became a euphemism for homosexuality, Queensland’s first premier and his longtime male companion enjoyed a companionship that not only spoke its name but bequeathed it to posterity. Robert Herbert and John Bramston combined their two surnames into one and named the home they …

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South Australia’s Feast Festival is the state’s first festival to launch a full lineup of live shows since COVID-19 restrictions began, with over 100 queer events in its 2020 program. The LGBTIQ festival’s organisers say they and their lineup of artists and performers are “coming out of the COVID-19 coma” with the launch of its …

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