Gay code language faces extinction

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Since the history of cultural understandings of same-sex attraction is relevant to the philosophical issues raised by those understandings, it is necessary to review briefly some of the social history of homosexuality. Arising out of this history, at least in the West, is the idea of natural law and some interpretations of that law as forbidding homosexual sex. References to natural law still play an important role in contemporary debates about homosexuality in religion, politics, and even courtrooms. Finally, perhaps the most significant recent social change involving homosexuality is the emergence of the gay liberation movement in the West. In philosophical circles this movement is, in part, represented through a rather diverse group of thinkers who are grouped under the label of queer theory. A central issue raised by queer theory, which will be discussed below, is whether homosexuality, and hence also heterosexuality and bisexuality, is socially constructed or purely driven by biological forces.

Anti-LGBT rhetoric

A brief history of Polari: the curious after-life of the dead language for gay men

It could be used to communicate, or to identify someone a a member of the group. Now Polari has been lost, even as some of its words have crossed over into mainstream English. Download this episode. Can you translate this phrase? How bona to varda your dolly old eek! What would happen if we just dropped all titles?


The infamous trial of Oscar Wilde took place in , leading to his two-year imprisonment for committing acts of homosexuality. Likely fearing a similar fate, British gay men came up with a solution — join together, and speak in code. The gay community created Polari, a secret language that allowed them to live as they pleased without being prosecuted. For these men, a sharpy was a policeman, to trade was to have sex, and a dish was an attractive man.
Paul Baker does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. In early February, the Church of England College expressed regret that in an evening liturgy in Cambridge, God was referred to as the Duchess. The service had been advertised as a Polari evening prayer in anticipation of LGBT History Month , and was described as a liturgical experiment.