Homosexuality is "Gay"!–How come?
Have you ever wondered where or when, the word ‘gay’, once regularly used to mean lively, colourful, or joyous, came to be commandeered as the defining noun or adjective for homosexual?
Contemporary activists would have us to believe that "gay" is simply an acronym for Good As You and of quite recent origin.
It is interesting to note however, that homosexual and certainly, heterosexual do not have a long history in English dictionaries. Heterosexual appearing mainly post WW 11.
Many people object to the use of the word ‘gay’ to describe homosexual people. Such people argue that no other word in the English language defines happy and carefree as precisely as ‘gay’ used to. Notwithstanding, by tracing the origins of ‘gay’ as expressive of the homosexual lifestyle we find it does have a long history and not necessarily attracting favourable characteristics.
Many leading English language news papers have been slow to adapt the word ‘gay’ in reporting on homosexual activism. In Australia the Courier Mail did not approve of the word ‘gay’ until 1991 and then mainly for reasons of economical typesetting for column headlines.The famed NY Times, presently sympathetic toward ‘gay rights’, took 30 years to use ‘gay’ in place of homosexual.
Within the post WW 11 homosexual community the identification ‘queer’ was accepted, particularly amongst the older set. Meanwhile, the younger ‘camp’, according to homosexual author George Chauncy [Gay New York], began to use ‘gay’ and abandoned ‘queer’. Chauncy notes that at the beginning of the 20th century older ‘queers’ used the term fairies (or Faeries) to identify the more effeminate and younger homosexual men who were also code named ‘gay’ by the more rugged (older) ‘queers’.
The code word ‘gay’ came to be used (particularly on the train between Boston and NY), when strangers or visitors journeyed to town hoping to seek out a place for a ‘good time.’
Soon it moved from a mere code word amongst the ‘queers’ and became a new way to identify oneself. By the late 30’s the term ‘gay’ had become entrenched, especially within the new ‘camp’ generation.
The true origins of the word ‘gay’ itself has been acknowledged in homosexual literature [Pink Triangle Press 25 June 1999 and Francis Grose’s Dictionary of Buckish Slang] as dating back into the late 16th century as commonly related to the French ‘gaie’ in reference to homosexual pleasure seeking. The word itself came to be applied to the male penis as a ‘gaie’- ing instrument, addicted to the social pleasures of an immoral lifestyle; bordellos or brothels coming to be known as ‘gaie’ [or gay] houses. The earliest reference to ‘gay houses’ in Australia can be found in the Sydney –Truth early in 1908.
The Oxford Dictionary confirms the origins of gaie as the basis for the English gay; noting its 17th century application to ‘addiction to social pleasure’; euphemistically an immoral (or promiscuous) life.
John Ayto in a dictionary of Word Origins note a link to the old German word ‘gahi’ as equivalent to the French ‘gaie’; both being applied to promiscuous living.
Other academic documents or dictionaries, concerned with word origins such as:–
New Words For Old--- Philip Howard, The Underworld & Prison Slang--- N. Ersine,
& 1930’s Oxford English Dictionary, all find that ‘gay’ derives from gey-cat or gay-cat as applied to young tenderfoot hobo companions of older tramps (apprentices if you will). The word further came to be used in what be came known as the ‘gay’ 90’s [1890’s] but for different reasons.
Even more ancient origins of the word ‘gay’ and its link with homosexuality derives, according to Daniel Spencer [Gay and Gaia–Ethics, Ecology and the Erotic] from GAIA the mythological goddess –mother earth– [or mother nature]. This, being the revered goddess of Wicca and witchcraft; likewise in the restored pagan (mystery or Gnostic) religions of the New Age.
In today’s language ‘the sacred earth’ has become the mantra of the ‘Greenies’ and Eco-environmentalists. Groups which presently are encouraged by the ‘Gaia Hypothesis’ put forward by James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis. These academics dare to suggest that the ‘sacred-earth’ functions as a powerful, self-regulating ‘biological’ control system-or conscious organism.
Daniel Spencer, the above mentioned author and Professor of Philosophy, argues that homosexuality and earth worship must now be synthesised to create a new religious ethos-an eco-homo-erotic, moral ethic to replace the oppressive character of Christianity; which latter runs contrary to his new "world religion".
Dr. Peter Jones-[author of Spirit Wars] alerts us to the revival of these old paganisms. He warns that homosexuality, feminism and paganism are attracting an ever increasing following and stealthily infiltrating the Christian West.
The reversion to the worship of Gaia as ‘cosmic earth mother’ re-introduces us to the faeries (fairies) or children of gaie-ity hence, regaining the link to ‘gay’ lasciviousness.
Thus ‘gay’ is no mere coincidence but rather, part and parcel, of the reversion to the ancient practices and rites of Greece and Rome where the mythological mother-earth-goddess–Gaia was worshipped.
Lastly we might also trace a Biblical or Hebrew origin of ‘gay’. All too often we find the homosexual community cavorting before the people in an expression of ‘gay pride’. The Hebrew word for pride derives from ge or ga ah. An expression of arrogance that came under the judgement (by fire) that led to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
The Lord will destroy the house of the proud. [Hebrew ge or ge-ah =gay] ….Pro 15:25 see also Pro 8:13
Now this was the sin of your sister (Sodom) pride [Hebrew= ge-awn] Eze 16:49
Pride [ge-awn] goes before destruction and a haughty [ge = gay] spirit before a fall….. Pro 16:18