[Ads-l] Further Thoughts on the 1931 Use of "Go Gay"

James Landau 00000c13e57d49b8-dmarc-request at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Fri Oct 16 09:52:44 EDT 2020


On Thu, 15 Oct 2020 00:36:09 Zone+0000  "Shapiro, Fred" <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU> posted:
<begin quote>A few days ago I posted about a 1931 headline using the phrase "go gay," in an article that was very much about homosexuality in the publication New Broadway Brevities.  I opined that this was the earliest known use of the term "gay" meaning homosexual.

Some cooler heads have suggested that this was not a specific reference to homosexuality, but rather simply an instance of a general usage of "go gay" meaning to become flamboyant. 
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A far-fatched suggestion:  did "gay" acquire the meaning of male homosexual because of the impression that some (not all) male homosexuals are flamboyant in dress and manner?

James Landau
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