A-Z Challenge

Defying Leviticus.

20130408-085914.jpg is for Gay. Originally, the term was used to mean “carefree”, “happy” and “bright”. However, the term’s use as a reference to homosexuality may have been used as early as the late 19th century.

But, we use it primarily as a noun and an adjective referring to homosexual men and the practices and cultures associated with homosexuality, and have done since its use increased in the 20th century.

Of course, there are some people who use it to refer to anything they regard as stupid or something or someone they do not like. This is rightly frowned upon and it’s use in that context is discouraged by anyone but homophobes, bigots and the extremely ignorant.

One of my WsIP, Defying Leviticus is set in the 16th century when men who loved men where referred to as Sodomites (or Sondomite if you were the Marquess of Queensbury) or an ‘Unnatural’ …

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12 responses to “A-Z Challenge

  1. Thank you for the re blog, Harry. Yes, we shall keep fighting all right. 😄👍

  2. Read, and followed.

  3. I remember as a little girl singing it in songs. And people using it to describe things, like a beautiful Easter bonnet. I grew up knowing that word as happy, carefree, and bright. I was going to do a post on this as well. I think it’s important for all people to know that the word Gay was not always used as a word for homosexuals. Now it’s their word but it doesn’t stop me from remembering its old use. What can I say, I’m old. Lol!

  4. I’m the same era as you 🙂 and it always meant happy.

    You would enjoy Jessie’s blog, good reading.

  5. how wonderful and, a real flashback !

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