10 Gay Slang Terms You Need To Know About!

Dear Straight People,

It’s time to brush up on your gay slang terms! Check out the meaning behind the following 10 gay slang terms and how they came about!

1. ‘Prawn’

Meaning: An ugly gay man with a good body

Explanation: When you eat a prawn, you peel off the head and only enjoy the body right? Same concept applies here.

2. ‘Fag Hag’

Meaning: A woman with many gay male friends

Explanation: It is plausible that since ‘fag’ refers to gay men in general and ‘hag’ commonly denotes an unattractive woman, the term ‘Fag hag’ probably came about since the fag hag is perceived as a hag to gay men as they have no sexual interest in her.

3. ‘Beard’

Meaning: Someone married to a gay person as a cover up

Explanation: A beard is an accessory often used to emphasise a man’s masculinity. The gay slang term ‘beard’ can be thought of in much the same way since in this case, a woman is used as an accessory to emphasise the gay man’s masculinity. 

4. ‘Muscle Mary’

Meaning: A feminine muscular gay man

Explanation: The ‘Mary’ part of the term is used to emphasise the femininity of the muscular gay man.

5. ‘Bapok’

Meaning: An offensive term for a feminine man

Explanation: ‘Bapok’ means transexual in Malay

6. ‘Vampire’ 

Meaning: A gay man who seeks sex at night

Explanation: Much like the supernatural creatures known as vampires, gay ‘vampires’ are most active at night but instead of seeking blood, they seek pleasure in the form of sex instead.

7. ‘Chub’

Meaning: An overweight or obese gay man

Explanation: ‘Chub’ is short for chubby.

8. Lipstick lesbian

Meaning: A feminine lesbian

Explanation: Lipstick is a traditional symbol for femininity.

9. ‘Dyke’

Meaning: An offensive term for a lesbian

Explanation: Some people theorise that the term came from the word ‘hermaphrodite’ which means a person or animal that has both male and female sex organs.

10. ‘Yestergay’

Meaning: A straight man who used to identify himself as a gay man

Explanation: A play on the word yesterday.

Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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