homiesexual: probably an inevitable coining

Nathaniel Thomas nathanielt at AIRPOST.NET
Sat May 1 16:36:57 UTC 2004

The term I've heard, mainly from a NY Times article, is "on the down
low", meaning closeted gay black men who visit gay bath houses (I
think).  The article is not fresh in my mind, but the essential aspect
is that this term does not refer to an openly gay, especially
flamboyant, black man, rather one who continues to live in the hip-hop
subculture, has a female significant other, and has sex with other men
"on the down low".

Nathaniel Thomas
nathanielt at airpost.net
On May 1, 2004, at 11:51 AM, Arnold M. Zwicky wrote:
> putting aside the representation of dialect and speech style, this was
> the first time the almost surely inevitable "homiesexual" 'gay black'
> (homey/homie + homosexual) had come past my eyes (or ears).

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