Last update: January 8 th Glossary of Gay Slang Terms. These slang terms were collected from a variety of sources, and among others the following ones: Francis Grose's Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue , published in and again in Vocabulary of the Flash Language the Cant included in the Memoirs of James Hardy Vaux , published in in Australia. We also thank here all our readers who sent us new terms, with the needed explanations, origin and so on.
In male, a bear is often a larger or obese hairier man who projects an image of rugged masculinity. However, in San Francisco during the s, any hairy man of whatever shape was referred to as a 'bear' until the term was appropriated by larger men, and other words had to be used to describe hairy other-shaped men such as otter slim , cub young bear on the way , or wolf hairy, medium build. The word manatee describes a big, hairless man, i. The term bear was popularized by Richard Bulger, who, along with his then partner Chris Nelson — , founded Bear Magazine in There is some contention surrounding whether Bulger originated the term and the subculture's conventions. The bear concept can function as an identity or an affiliation, and there is ongoing debate in bear communities about what constitutes a bear.
Gay otters represent one of the largest swath of men within the gay classification system. With hairy features that give off a magnetic vibe, they are hard to ignore. Gay otters are adorable and often very playful. Gay Otter: A man with think or thickish athletic build that usually has lots of body hair.
It has been used in various languages since the early 20th century as a means by which members of the LGBT community identify themselves and speak in code with brevity and speed to others. Because of sodomy laws and threat of prosecution due to the criminalization of homosexuality , LGBT slang has served as an argot or cant , a secret language and a way for the LGBT community to communicate with each other publicly without revealing their sexual orientation to others. During the first seven decades of the 20th century, a specific form of Polari was developed by gay men and lesbians in urban centres of the United Kingdom within established LGBT communities.