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Fri Mar 25, 2016, 06:24 AM

 

Is there a term for a homosexual man? Like lesbian?

All I can think of is gay (which applies to lesbians as well) and homosexual man.

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Reply Is there a term for a homosexual man? Like lesbian? (Original post)
pantsonfire Mar 2016 OP
Bad Dog Mar 2016 #1
pantsonfire Mar 2016 #2
Bad Dog Mar 2016 #4
pantsonfire Mar 2016 #7
Bad Dog Mar 2016 #9
pantsonfire Mar 2016 #10
Bad Dog Mar 2016 #11
Travis_0004 Mar 2016 #3
Festivito Mar 2016 #6
rwheeler31 Mar 2016 #5
pantsonfire Mar 2016 #8
TexasTowelie Mar 2016 #13
MillennialDem Mar 2016 #12
Betty Karlson Mar 2016 #14
pantsonfire Mar 2016 #15
Betty Karlson Mar 2016 #16

Response to pantsonfire (Original post)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 06:33 AM

1. There are a lot of terms.

Unfortunately most of them are derogatory, or Polari phrases to avoid detection. Like friend of Dorothy's.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polari



Sometimes though, people get terms wrong with hilarious consequences.

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Response to Bad Dog (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 06:38 AM

2. lol....

 

What is the most common though for gay men (faggot?) How long has lesbian been the most common term used?

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Response to pantsonfire (Reply #2)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 06:53 AM

4. Not in Britain.

Fag means cigarette, boy at public school who skivvies for older boys or being tired. (Fagged out.) Faggots are something you eat.



I suppose the most common term her, albeit derogatory is poof.

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Response to Bad Dog (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 05:57 PM

7. OMG, I'm glad we don't eat faggots here nt

 

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Response to pantsonfire (Reply #7)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 06:36 PM

9. It can be an acquired taste, probably a bit like your meatloaf.

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Response to Bad Dog (Reply #9)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 08:33 PM

10. haha.......spot on (especially since we add ketchup on it). n/t

 

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Response to pantsonfire (Reply #10)

Sat Mar 26, 2016, 08:54 AM

11. Some Fish and chip shops serve them

but not many.

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Response to pantsonfire (Original post)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 06:50 AM

3. I thought the word 'gay' only reffered to men at one point

 

So a woman would be a lesbian, man would be gay

Though changes in the English language, gay could refer to men or women, which is why men dont have their own term.

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Response to Travis_0004 (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 07:56 AM

6. Thus LGBT. Lesbian women, Gay men, Bi-sexual, Transgender.

Interesting that the word gay has changed.

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Response to pantsonfire (Original post)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 07:21 AM

5. Well dressed

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Response to rwheeler31 (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 25, 2016, 06:02 PM

8. Any ideas....gay should be more equalized.

 

As in, I like men, but I'm no longer comfortable using the term, gay to describe myself, in this context. I like other men, but I don't want to say I'm gay because it seems to be more exclusive to men, when women who come out say they are gay and a lesbian. We are gay and a....faggot (which perhaps we need to reclaim as a positive word, or is that just like the term gay?).

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Response to rwheeler31 (Reply #5)

Sun Mar 27, 2016, 06:37 AM

13. To be concise and one word as the OP asks

[font color=magenta size=5]FABULOUS![/font]

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Response to pantsonfire (Original post)

Sun Mar 27, 2016, 12:03 AM

12. Only ones that I can think that are less offensive than the "f" word and can only be used to

 

refer to a man would be fairy. But that's my age and the fact that I'm not a gay man showing. A gay guy especially one from the 1960s might disagree.

Any other term I can think of refers to a specific type of gay man (ie twink) or are entirely offensive (no good reason to call someone a pillow biter) or could refer to someone in other context (might be gay or totally unrelated). Examples would be nancy (someone being weak or cowardly), queen (obsessive interest in something), homosexual (could be man or woman), etc.

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Response to pantsonfire (Original post)

Sun Mar 27, 2016, 01:18 PM

14. "Lesbian" had to be coined to show the existence of female homosexuality

 

(it refers to the lesbian-erotic poetry of Psappho of Lesbos, some of Greece's finest verses ever, which were partially written after inspiration from her circle of female companions).

The existence of male homosexuality has never had to be proven - only its morality, acceptability, and full equality. In fact, we are still working on it.

"I am gay" seems to be the male and gender-neutral equivalent of "I am a Lesbian". We might as well use it.

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Response to Betty Karlson (Reply #14)

Mon Mar 28, 2016, 05:15 PM

15. Gay men should start using lesbian? n/t

 

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Response to pantsonfire (Reply #15)

Tue Mar 29, 2016, 01:52 AM

16. "I am gay" is the male / genderneutral equivalent, is what I wrote.

 

So if someone is a man, he may as well use those very words that have been used for over sixty years now.

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