Friday, September 5, 2008
What Being Gay Is
In the English language, "gay" is an adjective that in modern usage refers to homosexuality. In earlier and in literary usage, the word means "carefree," "happy," or "bright and showy."
From the 1890s, it had begun to carry a connotation of promiscuity, as in a "gay house" referring to a brothel.
It began to be used in reference to homosexuality in particular from the early 20th century, from the 1920s at the latest.
According to BBC among younger generations in UK, the word 'gay' sometimes is used in a non-sexual pejorative meaning, equivalent to 'rubbish' or 'stupid'.
Homosexuality refers to sexual behavior with or attraction to people of the same sex, or to a homosexual orientation. As a sexual orientation, homosexuality refers to "having sexual and romantic attraction primarily or exclusively to members of one’s own sex"; "it also refers to an individual’s sense of personal and social identity based on those attractions, behaviors expressing them, and membership in a community of others who share them."
Homosexaulity, bisexuality, and heterosexuality together make up the three main classifications of sexual orientation and are the factors in the Heterosexual-homosexual continuum. The exact proportion of the population that is homosexual is difficult to estimate reliably, but most recent studies place it at 2–7%. Source: wikipedia.