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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.

Teacher sacked after telling student with two dads ‘being gay is wrong’

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Married At First Sight Andy Craig

One of the gay grooms who appeared on Channel Nine reality series Married At First Sight has said he made a “stupid mistake” by going on the show and that it’s “anything but reality”. Craig Roach and Andy John were married at a picturesque ceremony in New Zealand but after spending only days together they …

Gogglebox Wayne and Tom

Melbourne gay couple Wayne and Tom took a break from making us laugh on Channel Ten’s captivating reality show Gogglebox on Thursday night to share a sombre moment about marriage equality. We were watching the pair, who’ve been together for 15 years, as they were watching gay couple Andy and Craig at the altar on …

Sam Smith Diva Boy WEB

Before 24-year-old British crooner Sam Smith was the Grammy-winning music star he is today, he was a young fledgling musician in London. His smash hit 2014 album In The Lonely Hour has been certified 4 times platinum in Australia alone but we now know that as a teenager Sam signed with a independent label in …

Harvey Milk Boulevard

The US Navy has finally given the seal of approval for a ship to be named after veteran and gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk. The oil tanker, USNS Harvey Milk, will sail under the Military Sealift Command, which provides ocean transport to the Department of Defence. Milk served on the submarine rescue ship USS Kittiwake …

George Takei Simon Pegg Composite

One of Star Trek’s most iconic characters is revealed as gay in the franchise’s new instalment. However, gay Trek veteran George Takei is unhappy about it. The upcoming Star Trek Beyond reveals Hikaru Sulu, played previously by George Takei in the original series and by John Cho in the new film, is now a father …

John Bortolin Manscapes Nude Male Nude Male Photography

Byron Bay Photographer John Bortolin introduces Manscapes male nude portrait book. The artistic celebration of the male body features 25 of the Northern Rivers’ fittest men, photographed nude in the beautiful Byron Shire and its surrounding areas, with the lush semi-tropical hills, hidden creeks, farms, waterfalls and spectacular beaches as the backdrop. “The incredible landscapes …

Brent Corrigan biopic king cobra garrett clayton

Gay adult film star Brent Corrigan (pictured, left) has taken to social media to hit out at new gay porn biopic King Cobra. The film, produced by James Franco and starring Franco, Christian Slater and Molly Ringwald, is based on the real-life murder of Bryan Kocis in 2007. Kocis was the boss of controversial gay …

Ramón Fossati, Jesus actor

Spanish authorities fired Ramón Fossati who from his role as Jesus Christ in an easter parade because of his hand movements and his supposedly revealing costume. He thinks the real reason is his sexuality. He is openly gay. Flashed his shoulder! The Times reported that the Junta Mayor de Semana Santa Marinera, the authorities in …

Marlon Brando and James Dean S&M Relationship

A salacious new book alleges James Dean and Marlon Brando had a gay S&M relationship. According to the Daily Mail, a friend of James Dean, Stanley Haggert told the book’s authors that the couple (pictured, in a doctored image) had leather-clad, sadomasochistic sex sessions during which Brando was the dominant master and Dean was the …

Joel Creasey

Comedian Joel Creasey wants more diversity on Australian TV and is troubled by the fact he can’t name any other gay or lesbian hosts currently on air. “It is shocking to me that I’m pretty much the only out gay man on commercial television in Australia that I know of,” the 25-year-old told News Corp. “We shouldn’t …

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