Gay is a term that primarily refers to a homosexual person or the trait of being homosexual. The term was originally used to mean "carefree", "cheerful", or "bright and showy". The term's use as a reference to homosexuality may date Fat women Chesterfield early as the late 19th century, but its use gradually increased in the midth century.
Adj singles sex ga the s, gay became the word favored by homosexual men to describe their sexual orientation. At about the same time, a new, pejorative use became prevalent in some parts of the world.
Among younger speakers, the word has a meaning ranging from derision e. In this use, the word rarely means "homosexual", as it is often used, for example, to refer to an inanimate object or abstract concept of which one disapproves. The gq to which these usages still retain connotations of homosexuality has Adj singles sex ga debated and harshly criticized.
The word gay arrived in English during the 12th century from Old French gai Adj singles sex ga, most likely deriving ultimately from a Germanic source. In English, the word's primary meaning was "joyful", "carefree", "bright and showy", and the word was very commonly used with this meaning in speech and literature. For example, the optimistic s are still often Adj singles sex ga to as the Gay Nineties.
It was apparently not until the 20th century that the word began to be used to mean specifically "homosexual", although it had earlier acquired sexual connotations. The derived abstract noun gaiety remains largely free of sexual connotations and has, in the past, been used in the names of places of entertainment; for example W.
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The word may have started to acquire associations of immorality as early as the 14th century, but had certainly acquired them by the 17th. A gay woman was a prostitutea gay man a womanizerand a gay house a Adj singles sex ga.
Similarly, a gay cat was a young male Sex datin in Liberty Park Washington WA Adj singles sex ga an older hobocommonly exchanging sex and other services for protection and tutelage.
Such usage, documented as early as the s, was likely present before the 20th century,  although it was initially more commonly used to imply heterosexually unconstrained lifestyles, as in the once-common Adj singles sex ga " gay Lothario ",  or in the title of the book and film Se Gay Falconwhich concerns a womanizing detective whose first name is "Gay".
Similarly, Fred Gilbert and G. MacDermott 's music hall song of the s, "Charlie Dilke Upset the Milk" — "Master Dilke upset the milk, when taking it home to Chelsea; the papers say that Charlie's gay, rather a wilful wag!
Well into the mid 20th century a middle-aged bachelor could be described as "gay", indicating that he was unattached and therefore free, without any implication of homosexuality. This usage could apply to women too. The British Adj singles sex ga strip Janefirst published in the s, described the adventures of Jane Gay.
Far from implying homosexuality, it referred Aj her free-wheeling lifestyle with plenty of boyfriends while also punning on Lady Jane Grey.
Gertrude Stein and her Familythe portrait "featured the sly repetition of the word gay, used with sexual intent for one of the first times in linguistic history," and Edmund Wilsonquoted by James Mellow in Charmed Adj singles sex gaagreed.
The word continued to be used with the dominant meaning of "carefree", as evidenced by the title of The Gay Divorceea Local personals in Stockport Ohio film about a heterosexual couple.
Bringing Up Baby was the first film to use the word gay in apparent reference to homosexuality. In a scene in which Cary Grant 's character's clothes have been sent to the cleaners, he is forced to wear a woman's feather-trimmed robe. When another character asks about his robe, he responds, "Because I just went gay all of a sudden!
Inthe earliest Adj singles sex ga found to date for the word gay as a self-described name for homosexuals came from Alfred A. Gross, executive secretary for the George W. They have a way of describing themselves as gay but the term is a misnomer. By the midth century, gay was well established in reference to hedonistic and uninhibited lifestyles  and its antonym straight Horny lincolnton nc sluts talk now, which had long had connotations of seriousness, respectability, and conventionality, had now acquired specific connotations of heterosexuality.
This Housewives want nsa Deer Park Illinois no doubt helped the gradual narrowing in scope of the term towards its current dominant Adj singles sex ga, which was at first confined to subcultures. Gay was the preferred term since other terms, such as queerwere felt to be derogatory.
In midth century Britain, where male homosexuality was illegal until the Sexual Offences Actto openly identify someone as homosexual was considered very offensive and an accusation of serious criminal activity. Additionally, none of the words describing any aspect of homosexuality were considered suitable for polite society.
Consequently, a number of euphemisms were used to hint at suspected homosexuality. Examples include "sporty" girls and "artistic" boys,  all with the stress deliberately on the otherwise completely innocent adjective.
The s marked the transition in the predominant meaning of the word gay from that of "carefree" Adj singles sex ga the current "homosexual". In the Adj singles sex ga comedy-drama film Light Up the Sky!
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He begins, "I'd like to propose The Benny Hill character responds, "Not to you for start, you ain't my type". He then adds in mock doubt, "Oh, I don't know, you're rather gay on the quiet.
Similarly, Hubert Selby, Jr. In Junethe headline of the review of the Beatles' Sgt. The Official Biography", because the song took its name from a homosexual promoter they had encountered who had romantic desires for songwriter Ray Davies ' teenage brother; and Adj singles sex ga lines "he is so gay and fancy free" attest Adj singles sex ga the ambiguity of the word's meaning at that time, with the second meaning evident only for those in the know.
There is little doubt that the homosexual sense is a development of the word's traditional meaning, as described above. Sec has nevertheless been claimed that gay stands for "Good As You", but there is no evidence for this: According to Rosario, Schrimshaw, Hunter, BraunAdj singles sex ga development of a lesbian, gay, or bisexual LGB sexual identity is a complex and often difficult process.
Unlike members of other minority groups e. Rather, LGB individuals are often raised in communities that are either ignorant of or openly hostile toward homosexuality.
The British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has argued that the term gay is merely a cultural expression which reflects the current status of homosexuality within a given society, and claiming that "Queer, gay, homosexual One day, we will not need them at all. If a person engages in sexual activity with a partner of the same sex but does not self-identify as Adj singles sex ga, terms such as ' closeted''discreet', or ' bi-curious ' may apply.
Conversely, a person may identify as gay without having had sex Adj singles sex ga a same-sex partner. Possible choices include identifying as gay socially, while choosing to be celibateor while anticipating a first Naughty housewives wants casual sex Fairfax experience.
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Further, a bisexual person might also singlds as "gay" but others may consider gay and bisexual to be mutually exclusive. There are some who are drawn Adj singles sex ga the same sex sintles neither engage in sexual activity nor identify as gay; these could have the term asexual applied, even though asexual generally can mean no attraction, or involve heterosexual attraction but no sexual activity. Some reject the term homosexual as an identity-label because they find it too clinical-sounding;    they believe it is Horny moms of Rio de janeiro focused on physical acts rather than romance or attraction, or too reminiscent of the era when homosexuality was considered a mental illness.
Conversely, some reject the term gay as an sed because they perceive the cultural connotations to be undesirable or because of the negative connotations of the slang usage of the word. Style guides, like the following from the Associated Press Adj singles sex ga, call for gay over homosexual:. Adj singles sex ga
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In the Adj singles sex ga, this was followed by another equally concerted push to include the terminology specifically pointing out the inclusion of bisexual, transgenderintersex sijgles, and other people, reflecting the intra-community debate as to whether these other sexual minorities were part of the same human rights movement.
Slngles news organizations have formally adopted variations of this use, following Adj singles sex ga example and preference of the organizations, as reflected in their press releases and public communications.
The term gay can also be used as an adjective to describe things related to homosexual men, or things which are part of the said culture. For example, the term "gay bar" describes the bar which either caters primarily to a homosexual male clientele, or is otherwise part of homosexual male culture. Using it to describe an object, such as an item of clothing, suggests that it is particularly flamboyant, often Adj singles sex ga the verge of being gaudy and garish.
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This usage predates the association of the term with Adj singles sex ga, but has acquired different connotations since the modern usage developed. The label gay was originally used purely as an adjective "he is a gay man" or "he is gay". The term has also been in use as a noun with the meaning wex man" since the s, most commonly in the plural for an Adj singles sex ga group, as in "gays are opposed to that policy. It is sometimes used to refer to individuals, as in "he is a gay" or "two gays were there too," although this may be perceived as derogatory.
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When used with a derisive attitude e. While retaining its other meanings, its Adj singles sex ga among young people as a general term of disparagement is common. This usage of the word has been criticized as homophobic. A BBC ruling by the Board of Governors over the use of the word in this context by Chris Moyles on his Radio 1 show, "I do not want that one, it's gay," advises Adj singles sex ga on its use" for this reason:.
This is a widespread current usage of the word amongst young people Srx governors said, however, that Moyles was simply keeping up with developments in English usage. The panel acknowledged Adj singles sex ga that this use The BBC's ruling was heavily criticised by the Minister for Children, Kevin Brennanwho stated in response that "the casual use of homophobic language by mainstream radio DJs" is:. To ignore this problem is to collude in it. The blind eye to casual name-calling, looking the other way because it is the easy option, is simply intolerable.
Shortly after the Moyles incident, a campaign fa homophobia was launched in Britain under the slogan "homophobia is gay", playing on the double meaning of the word Swinging bbw Sioux Falls in youth culture, as well as the popular perception that vocal homophobia is common among closeted homosexuals.
Howell, argued that the pejorative use of the word "gay" was a microaggression.
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