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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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Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino seems pretty confident the cast will reunite for a sequel to the Oscar-winning gay romance. Guadagnino’s 2017 coming-of-age movie starred Timothée Chalamet as Elio and Armie Hammer as Oliver. The pair fall in love in northern Italy during the early 1980s. Now the director has told Italian …

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A Canadian gym owner has penned a blunt open letter replying to requests from gay men to open his gym to them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ryan Wolman (pictured), who runs Motus Training Studio in Toronto, took to Instagram to write the letter to “gay guys on hookup apps, the muscle bears on Facebook, the …

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A gay man’s wedding plans are on hold after his fiance admitted he is stuck in COVID-19 quarantine with a friend after sleeping with him. The furious groom-to-be, named Matt, moved from the UK to Brazil to live with fiance Octavio. Matt let rip to the Daily Mail about his partner’s affair. “He is a …

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Fremantle’s very own Philip La Rosa began singing at the age of ten. Now 27, Philip is recording and releasing his own music. His most recent track Paradise was recorded in Los Angeles and is an open love letter to his long-term boyfriend. Qnews sat down with Philip to discuss his musical journey and to …

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A young gay man’s trip to the legendary Fire Island goes awry in new queer thriller Last Ferry, out on Netflix today. The film takes place in New York state’s iconic Fire Island Pines, the beach destination and vacation hotspot that’s on the wishlist for many gay travelers. Written by Ramon O. Torres and directed …

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The Canadian parliament has this week proposed legislation that, if passed, will ban gay conversion therapy in the nation.  Canada’s Justice Minister, David Lametti and Diversity and Youth Minister, Bardish Chagger introduced the Bill C-8 into parliament on Monday. The bill proposes five legislative amendments to the Criminal Code related to conversion therapy. In announcing the bill, …

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Studio 10 presenter, Narelda Jacobs has revealed what it was like coming out to her “devastated” religious family.  Jacobs said she made the revelation in 1998 — the same year she attended her first Mardi Gras. Now this year, the Perth journalist will be hosting the celebrations. She’s come a long way. Jacobs said initially her …

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Matthew Mitcham has married his partner Luke Rutherford at a wedding ceremony in Europe. The Olympic gold medalist and stage performer took to Instagram to share photos from the ceremony at Chateau de Halloy in the beautiful city of Ciney, in Belgium. “After a sustained period of lovely gestures, loyalty, gazing adoringly and many trips …

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Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has said he “won’t be lectured on family values” by conservative shock jock Rush Limbaugh after homophobic jibes about his marriage. Buttigieg is one of the many contenders vying for the Democratic Presidential nomination against Donald Trump in the 2020 US election. If elected, the 38-year-old would be the first …

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The Vietnamese government has been accused of teaching young people being gay is a “disease” despite discrimination laws. Students in Vietnam are being taught same-sex attraction is a “mental illness” that can be treated and cured, Human Rights Watch reports. Despite legislation protecting LGBTIQ rights, young people say they still face discrimination which sometimes leads …

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