This is a list of slang terms used by people to describe LGBT lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Many terms are slurs against LGBT people. Some terms originate from the LGBT community itself. Category:LGBT culture.
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It has been used in various languages, including English and Japanese since the early s as a means by which members of the LGBT community can identify themselves and speak in code with brevity and speed to other LGBTs. Because of sodomy laws and threat of prosecution due to the criminalization of homosexuality , LGBT slang also serves as an argot , a secret language and a way for the LGBT community to communicate with each other publicly without revealing their sexual orientation to others. Since the advent of queer studies in universities, LGBT slang and argot has become a subject of academic research among linguistic anthropology scholars. Many terms that originated as gay slang have become part of the popular lexicon. For example, the word drag was popularized by Hubert Selby, Jr. Conversely, words such as banjee , while well-established in a subset of gay society, have never made the transition to popular use. Slang is ephemeral.
Terminology of homosexuality
As my little series comes to a close, I am going to do my best at translating, defining, and explaining the fantastic slang and vernacular that the drag and gay community has been gifting the world with. As someone who personally uses a good chunk of this vernacular, I am writing this as a cheat sheet for those who become confused when I start spewing like a queen who is about to slay at the gig. This list was curated with the help of Scruff , Urban Dictionary, H. Max , and this Buzzfeed article.
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