LGBT slang

LGBT slang, LGBT speak or gay slang is a set of slang lexicon used predominantly among LGBT people. It has been used in various languages, including English and Japanese, since the early 1900s as a means by which members of the LGBT community can identify themselves and speak in code with brevity and speed to other LGBTs.[1][2]


Because of sodomy laws and threat of prosecution due to the criminalization of homosexuality, LGBT slang also serves as an argot, a secret language and a way for the LGBT community to communicate with each other publicly without revealing their sexual orientation to others.[2][3][4]

Cultural research

Since the advent of queer studies in universities, LGBT slang and argot has become a subject of academic research among linguistic anthropology scholars.[5]

Cultural impact

Many terms that originated as gay slang have become part of the popular lexicon. For example, the word drag was popularized by Hubert Selby, Jr. in his book Last Exit to Brooklyn. Drag has been traced back by the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) to the late 19th Century. Conversely, words such as banjee, while well-established in a subset of gay society, have never made the transition to popular use.

Other Languages
العربية: لهجة مثلية
asturianu: Xíriga LGBT
български: ЛГБТ жаргон
Ελληνικά: ΛΟΑΤ αργκό
español: Argot LGBT
français: Argot homosexuel
Bahasa Indonesia: Bahasa gaul LGBT
italiano: Slang LGBT
ქართული: ლგბტ სლენგი
日本語: ゲイ用語
русский: ЛГБТ-сленг
Türkçe: LGBT argosu
українська: ЛГБТ-сленг
Tiếng Việt: Từ lóng LGBT
中文: LGBT用語