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    Mar 11, 2012 6:34 PM GMT
    So does anyone know when the word 'gay' came to mean homosexual?

    I really just wondered about that because last night I was reading this Batman annual collection book from like in 1940's or around there and one story had the bad guy talking about how he was throwing 'gay parties' meaning he was throwing happy/extravagant parties. How did the word come to become an insult almost a century later?
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    Mar 11, 2012 7:00 PM GMT
    I thought it meant Guy Above You.
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    Mar 11, 2012 7:08 PM GMT
    The word gay has always meant homosexual or some kind of negative connotation with negative behavior.
    It led a double life. Think of it like "like" could mean something similar, or affection towards someone.

    The word "gay" has has that secret meaning since the 1600's but because homosexuality was so taboo and secretive, the definition and word was not discussed, but used behind closed doors but still had the other meaning.

    It became popular as time went on, and more people made that homosexual version of the word Gay into a part of the venacular.

    So then when people started using the word gay as a term for homosexuals, then people who werent homos, did not want to refer to themselves as gay nor others anymore because of the stronger definition and connotation.

    So now homosexuality now means gay, but once again a new connotation is coming about.


    There use to be commercials that said " That's SO Gay" do you realize what you say "Knock it off"

    it was saying people were wrong to say gay as a synonym for stupid.

    But if the definition was changed once from being happy to meaning liking of the same sex, why cant it be changed to stupid.

    I know the reason why people started saying it is probably ignorence , but still... thats a different issue.

    but I prefer the term Homosexual. it is nice and scientific and decribes both men and women. Where is gay mostly decribes men, but people use it for everyone.

    But that is it from what I read and my understanding.
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    Mar 11, 2012 8:05 PM GMT
    History of the word "gay":

    http://www.pridenet.com/history.html
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    Mar 11, 2012 8:09 PM GMT
    Thanks a lot guys and I did remember that ad about "that's so gay" and "don't you know what you just said?" I think it had Hilary Duff in it lol.
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    Mar 11, 2012 11:48 PM GMT
    MarkRoger saidThanks a lot guys and I did remember that ad about "that's so gay" and "don't you know what you just said?" I think it had Hilary Duff in it lol.


    LOL I use to love her.

    Lizzie Mcguire.
    Thats why I even paid attention to the commercial.
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    Mar 12, 2012 4:06 AM GMT
    It's timely that you ask this question about the word "gay" actually because I was just looking at this issue on wikipedia the other day. According to that source, the word "gay" became to be associated with gay sexual behavior during the 1950s actually, if my memory is correct about what I read. Gay originally, of course everyone knows, meant happy or jolly, but when gay men began to fight for their rights and recognition as human beings that deserved to be respected and not killed or beaten on a regular basis, then the word "gay" started being attached to them. No doubt by some female because females actually own and dominate and rule this world. But I would need to go back and look at what I read on wikipedia again to make sure that my facts are accurate.
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    Mar 12, 2012 4:08 AM GMT
    b/c gay guys are so happy
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    Mar 12, 2012 4:09 AM GMT
    Gay meant "Happy" and was often used in sentences when one described how they felt in a cheery state.
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    Mar 12, 2012 4:17 AM GMT
    An interesting point is that when a word was used to describe homosexuality, such as 'gay', this is when you begin to see the discrimination begin. During the middle to late 19th century, before the concept of 'being gay' was part of society it was quite common in NY for men to have relationships with other men and not be considered anything other than normal. It was simply not viewed as being out of the ordinary and we of course are aware of the ancient historical practices of many men. Some people seem to think, though, that there is this big gap from ancient Greece to the stonewall riots where gay history stops.

    Gay/straight are most likely a construct of society, Kinsey certainly endeavoured to prove that 2 or 3 classifications of sexuality is insufficient to encompass the majority of different inclinations of the human population.

    Sorry I'm going off-topic. Interesting area though.