February 10th, 2004

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SF Gate Article on Queer Terminologies

'Homosexual' is Passé in a 'Boi's' Life
Rona Marech, Chronicle Staff Writer
Sunday, February 8, 2004


First, there was the term "homosexual," then "gay" and "lesbian," then the once taboo "dyke" and "queer."

Now, all bets are off.

With the universe of gender and sexual identities expanding, a gay youth culture emerging, acceptance of gays rising and label loyalty falling, the gay lexicon has exploded with scores of new words and blended phrases that delineate every conceivable stop on the identity spectrum -- at least for this week.
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