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When someone takes it upon themselves to decide who does or does not have access or rights to a community or identity.
"I love punk bands like Green Day!"
"Ugh, they're not even punk. They totally sold out."

"Oh man, I love Harry Potter. I am such a geek!"
"Hardly. Talk to me when you're into theoretical physics."

"Erika Moen is my favorite queer cartoonist."
"She's not queer, she married a man!"
"Quit your gatekeeping. No one died and made you Queen of the Gays!"
by sarahalyse March 02, 2012
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When someone uses a hobby or interest as a means of elevating themselves above others to give oneself a sense of being superior transforming their passion or knowledge about a particular subject into an ugly tool of self-inflation.
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A word used to describe when someone sets a standard/limit on what someone must do to call themselves a 'true fan' of something/someone.
Joe: So what TV shows do you like?
Erin: Well, I'm a huge fan of Doctor Who. I also...
Joe: Doctor Who? I LOVE that show. When did you start watching.
Erin: Back in 2005 when the show was restarted.
Joe: Ah, you see, I was watching the classic series long before then. You can't really call yourself a true fan.

Erin: But I have a ton of the merchandise, and I've met David Tennant...
Joe: Oh, you're a fan definitely but not a proper fan. We've been there since long before the BBC revived the show.
Ted: Dude, stop gatekeeping the show. A fan is a fan. You don't need to set a standard.
by WatcherMark October 27, 2018
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When someone limits people from certain hobbies/memories/activities over something as small as the year that they were born in.

Gatekeeping is frowned upon, so I don't recommend doing it. It's also a really stupid thing to do.
Example of gatekeeping:
Anyone born in 2007 is a tide pod eating 2010 kid who doesn't deserve to have a opinion.

Please don't gatekeep, its really rude and immature. I just wanted to show an example of how gatekeeping is used.
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by Lemonade_m0uth06 September 13, 2020
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When someone takes it upon themselves to decide who has access to something
Gatekeeping is literally just:

YOU'RE NOT A REAL (insert something here) IF YOU DON’T (insert completely arbitrary thing here)!!!1!1!11!
by KomaKing March 12, 2019
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The act of talking to a friend or peer who is taking a shit.
Person 1: *answers phone* "hello"
Person 2: "hey, whats up?"
Person 1: "nothing really, just sittin around."
Person 2: "WRONG! your gatekeeping again."
Person 1: "ewwww"
by Ndyah Hcaz June 10, 2010
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