1. A term originally used in synonym to happy. Rarely used in this way today except for in the phrase "a gay old time."

2. A term more commonly used today to refer to homosexual men. Homosexual women are also referred to as gay, though the more common term is lesbian.

3. A derogatory term that can be used for everything and anything, similar to how the term retarded is commonly used. It is often used in this sense by teenage males in an attempt to bolster their masculinity at the cost of demeaning the homosexual community.
1. "We're having a gay old time."

2. "Those two men are making out. They must be gay."

3. "How did I lose? This game is gay."
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Even though "gay" has been used for homosexual tendencies, as time changes so do the meanings of some words i.e. "gay" first joy or happiness, then homosexual, now this sucks

gay - adjective - something that is unfortunate for someone
" That movie was gay, I'll talk to the manager about getting my money back."

"The people who say this definition is gay are probably right, because it is a point of rebuttal."
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NOT a synonym for stupid
boy1: dude, that video game was so gay.
boy2: ur mom's so gay
girl1: SHUT THE F*CK UP!!!
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1. happy
3. desription of something that is so awkward and unnatural to an individual that they feel offended for some reason unknown to them.
1. have a gay old time
2. gay bar
3. I cant believe youre wearing that gay ass shirt to the bar.
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1. to be happy, glad, and jovial.

2. to be physically attracted to the same sex.

3. a generic insult used by uncreative individuals.

4. used to describe an unfortunate incident, awkward situation, or something thought of as negative by the user.
1. - (older female) "you look happy Jim "

- (odler male)- Jim "my viagra came in so you and I are going to have a gay old time.

2. - guy1- guys I have something to tell you..... I'm gay!"

guy2- ha, I always knew it.

guy3- your going to hell!

guy1 & 2- .........!?! 0_0

guy3- relax I'm just messing with you.

guy2-yeah, everybody knows and nobody cares.

also see: Tom Cruise

3. on xbox live playing halo 3 "your gay man, using sticker grenades the whole time, suck my dick"

4. guy1- "whats wrong man?"

guy2-"I showed my parents my report card and they took away my T.V. and driving privileges for a week.............. and my dad beat my ass"

guy1-"dude thats gay as hell, sucks to be you"

guy2-"thanks, your a true friend"

guy1-"kiss my ass"
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Homosexuality is a sexual orientation toward people of the same sex. Homosexuality contrasts with heterosexuality, sexual orientation toward people of the opposite sex. People with a sexual orientation toward members of both sexes are called bisexuals . Female homosexuals are frequently called lesbians. In recent years, the term gay has been applied to both homosexual men and women.
Homosexuality appears in virtually all social contexts-within different community settings, socioeconomic levels, and ethnic and religious groups. The number of homosexuals in the population is difficult to determine, and reliable data do not exist. However, current estimates suggest that the term homosexual may apply to 2 to 4 percent of men. Estimates for lesbians are lower. Not all people who engage in homosexual activity necessarily identify themselves as homosexual.

Their attitudes toward homosexual behavior have varied with time and place. In ancient Greece, homosexual relations were acceptable and, in some cases, expected activity in certain segments of society. Later attitudes toward homosexuality in the Western world were determined largely by prevailing Judeo-Christian moral codes, which treat homosexuality as immoral or sinful. But like many other sins, homosexual relations were seen as expressions of the weakness inherent in all human beings, and not as a mental illness or as the behavior of a specific type of person. This latter view, which regarded homosexuality as a pathology, developed in the late 19th century. By the beginning of the 20th century, psychoanalysts viewed homosexuals as the victims of faulty development, and Austrian physician Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, considered homosexuality a deviant condition. More recently, scientists have searched for a biological explanation for sexual orientation. A study published in 1993 sought to identify a genetic marker for sexual orientation, but the research did not include a cross section of the population and was inconclusive.
During the first half of the 20th century, attitudes toward homosexuality were overwhelmingly negative. Homosexual activities were hidden and spoken of only in whispers, and homosexual behavior, even among consenting adults, was a criminal offense in most of the United States. Homosexuals were subject to stereotypes and prejudice. Gay men were viewed as effeminate, lesbians were portrayed as mannish, and both were seen as being obsessed with sex, with little self-control or morality. Homosexuals frequently were thought to be potential child molesters. In the 1930s and during World War II (1939-1945), homosexuals were targets of persecution in Nazi Germany.
Prejudices against homosexuals in Western societies have only recently begun to change. The first major shift followed the publication of two famous reports, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1952), by American biologist Alfred Charles Kinsey. Although these works contained inflated estimates of the homosexual population and the incidence of behavior, they provided a more realistic picture of homosexuality and helped demystify it. Unlike earlier studies which focused on homosexuals who had sought medical or psychological help, the Kinsey reports described homosexuals outside of clinical settings. Kinsey found homosexuals in all walks of life, growing up in all kinds of families, practicing many different religions. As a result of the ensuing scientific discussion, the American Psychiatric Association in 1973 eliminated homosexuality from its list of mental disorders and, in 1980, dropped it from its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.

In recent years, people who support homosexual rights have worked and demonstrated to increase those rights. In the United States, the watershed event for homosexual activism was the Stonewall riot, which protested a police raid on a gay bar in New York City in 1969. It was the first public protest by homosexuals against harassment by police. Since then, homosexual communities in the United States have organized to work for gay rights. Such groups include the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, a civil rights organization that promotes equality and freedom from prejudice and discrimination for gays and lesbians; Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, which provides legal representation for gays and lesbians; and the Human Rights Campaign Fund, which lobbies state and national legislators. Gay-rights activist groups are also involved in educational and political activities.
One of the greatest challenges to face the homosexual community was the outbreak of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in the early 1980s. In the United States, the disease first became prevalent among gay men and spread with devastating effect. When little was known about the disease and how it was spread, AIDS patients and homosexuals experienced an increase in discrimination in housing and health insurance. Many people protested agencies of the U.S. government-including the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug Administration-claiming they were slow to respond and study the disease and search for treatment. More organizations were formed to help educate people about the disease and to help AIDS patients get proper care.
In the 1990s homosexual-rights groups addressed a number of other issues, including the rights of gay and lesbian families. Homosexual marriages are not recognized by any state in the United States, and homosexual couples in long-term relationships do not have the same legal protection as people in heterosexual marriages. Adopting children is also problematic for homosexuals, although some states allow a same-sex partner to adopt the biological child of the other partner. Two states, Florida and New Hampshire, have laws which prevent a homosexual couple from adopting a child who is not the biological child of either partner.
Another area in which activists have worked for change is the policy toward gays and lesbians in the military. Before the Clinton administration altered the policy in 1993, candidates for military service filled out a form that included a question on sexual orientation. Under the new policy, popularly called "don't ask, don't tell," that question has been eliminated. Sexual orientation is now considered a personal matter and not a bar to entry or a cause for separation from the military unless the individual engages in homosexual behavior. However, some people consider the policy inadequate because it still forbids homosexual activity.
As activists have worked to secure the rights of homosexuals, the homosexual community has become a more visible presence in society. National publications, such as Christopher Street and The Advocate, have appeared, and churches to serve the homosexual community have been established. With the advent of gay-rights studies programs at many universities, homosexuals have begun to reclaim their history.
As homosexual communities became more visible, large numbers of homosexuals-including some prominent people-have openly declared their identity as homosexuals and demanded their right to equal and respectful treatment. There are now openly gay representatives in the Congress of the United States, and across the country openly gay officials have pursued and often won office.
- What is so good about a gay partner?
- He never simulates orgasm.
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I. adjective
This means generally homosexual. Usually it is applied to homosexual males, but is sometimes used to refer to homosexual females as well.

II. noun
A homosexual person, usually a man. Homosexual females are commonly called lesbians.

III. The original definition of gay was 'carefree', 'happy' or 'bright and showy'. It came from the Old French word gai, and arrived in English during the 12th century.

IV. These days 'gay' is, wrongly, used to refer to something (namely an inanimate object, for example a bag) that is unfavourable. Synonyms of this sort include 'sad' and 'lame'. They are all wrong, because an inanimatr object, such as a bag, presumably do not have feelings (sorry, bags, if you do) and therefore they cannot be sad, and this is a ridiculously derived insult. Bags do not have legs either, and thus they cannot be lame. But the supposed 'insult' of 'gay' annoys me most. Firstly because an inanimate object, such as a bag, cannot really be attracted to other things of the same sex. According to humans, as we made them, they do not have genders of their own.

Offensive, rude, and not-to-be-used 'synonyms' include faggot, fag and queer, the latter not being as bad and commonly used by gays themselves - but there are many more worse ones. For lesbians there is dyke, lez and lezzer, but there are probably far worse for these too.

A woman or girl who has many gay male friends is sometimes known as a fag hag.

Gay is not an insult.

I love gay people.
I. Two gay men live happily up the road. :)

II. The gays said they were going clubbing.

III. We'll have a gay old time.
He felt light and gay, and began to dance for joy.

IV. Omg dat's like so gay innit. Faggooot. :(


"Gay is not an insult."

"I love gay people."


Cain - "I just had sex with Marcus."

Alaric - "Good grief, Cain, that makes you gay!"

Cain - "Hell it does, lad."

Alaric - "Well I like you no less. In fact I like you more."

This is good.
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