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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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Police in Indonesia have confirmed what caused the death of Australian businessman and model Ryan Channing in Bali earlier this month. Channing, who previously dated Ian Thorpe, went to hospital on May 6 after he fainted in a Bali villa. Two days later, he died in BIMC Hospital in Kuta. Channing was 32. Indonesian police …

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The first trailer has dropped for the long-awaited reimagining of Queer as Folk, before it comes to streaming in Australia in three weeks. The new series, by US streaming service Peacock, follows a new group of friends in New Orleans after a devastating tragedy transforms their lives. Queer as Folk stars Devin Way as commitment-phobic …

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UK authorities have identified nine cases of monkeypox this month, predominantly among gay and bisexual men, in an “unusual” outbreak of the disease usually limited to Africa. Monkeypox is a viral infection which most people recover from after just a few weeks. The virus typically spreads to people from infected animals like rodents. However human-to-human …

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Australian newlyweds who showed off their amazing choreo to Jennifer Lopez’s Let’s Get Loud at their wedding reception have received a shout-out from the singer herself. Musical theatre performer Daniel Assetta and his husband Tobias Madden tied the knot in May 2019. Three years later, the gay couple have gone viral with their video of …

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Veteran gay activist Peter Tatchell has turned down an invitation to an event at the Queen’s platinum jubilee because of the monarch’s “neglectful stance towards the LGBT+ community”. In the UK, Queen Elizabeth is celebrating her 70 years on the throne this year. The national celebrations include a four-day long weekend of events in early …

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Courtney Act will be Australia’s official Eurovision Song Contest spokesperson this weekend, as the competition returns this week. The 66th annual Eurovision Song Contest begins this week in Turin, Italy. Singer Sheldon Riley is representing Australia, performing later this week. And Aussie drag star Courtney Act will deliver the scores on behalf of the nation …

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Tasmania’s LGBTIQ+ community have reported serious gaps in gender-affirming healthcare and mental health services, with discrimination still a problem. The Tasmanian government has released a new LGBTIQ+ survey, the largest ever of its kind. The survey comes as Tasmania commemorates the 25th anniversary of decriminalising homosexuality this month. The results will provide a new statewide …

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Gay Big Brother Australia stars Dave Graham and Tim Dormer have met up on the new series of the show and bonded over their coming out experiences. The new series of the Channel Seven show kicked off on Monday night. This season, Dave and Tim are two of the franchises’ previous contestants to return. Dave, …

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RuPaul’s Drag Race star Ross Mathews has tied the knot with fiancé Dr Wellinthon García in a beachside ceremony over the weekend. The Drag Race judge got engaged to García last February and married in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on Saturday. Mathews told People the location is special to them but the couple weren’t sure how …

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Cold War-set gay love story Firebird, following a real-life affair between a Soviet soldier and a fighter pilot, is opening in Australian cinemas this month. The film is based on a true story, and is being marketed as Vladimir Putin’s “least favourite movie” ahead of its Australian release on May 17. Sergey (Tom Prior) is …

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