Compiled By Chris Urrutia
Compiled by Chris Urrutia The following people
were interviewed for this glossary:
William Leap, Professor and Chair of the Department
of Anthropology at American University in Washington
D.C., founder of the Lavender Languages and Linguistics
Jose Peralta and Mike Giararis at last years
Pride Parade in Jackson Heights.
Lisa Jean Moore, coordinator of the Interdisciplinary
Studies Program in Lesbian and Gay/Queer Studies
at the College of Staten Island and CUNY Graduate
Steven Franconi, 26, Plumber, Middle Village.
Louise Hinkley, 32, guidance counselor, Flushing.
Bruce Schlenheim, 44, manager of local pharmacy,
Leap: One is never wrong using that term, specifically
referring to men. Sometimes people use it as shorthand,
appropriate for women and men, but it could be
misunderstood it extends a masculine reference
Moore: A quote that is often thrown out by people
just for the sake of it, which saddens me. In
the community, it is an acceptable term for any
person of either gender.
Franconi: If I had a nickel for every time I heard
someone say this word on the street or on TV.
Hinkley: We're all familiar with this one. People
use it to discriminate others. I always wonder
how the gay community treats its usage.
Schlenheim: A word that is used way too often.
But I would like to give all the respect in the
world to people who are openly gay, who have to
deal with everything our society throws at them.
Leap: Appropriate, though you might even find
some women prefer to call themselves 'a gay woman.
Melinda Katz and the famous parader of Queens.
Moore: Refers only to women, though many use the
term "gay" synonymously.
Franconi: A gay woman, obviously. Don't know much
Hinkley: This is a gay female. I think its origin
is from Ancient Greece. Do gay women refer to
be called gay or lesbian?
Schlenheim: This is a gay woman. You don't hear
it nearly as much as "gay."
Leap: This actually gets a lot of negative play
within the gay community. It's used as a form
of derision. It supposedly refers to those who
have sex with both sexes, but I also hear it being
used by people who say they aren't confined to
Moore: This is a tricky one that raises controversy.
People in the community joke about bisexuals going
"both ways," though bisexuals exist and otherwise
function normally in the community.
Franconi: Someone with a sexual attraction to
both sexes. I happen to know a couple of bisexual
people, and I'll tell you, they're the nicest
people I've met.
Hinkley: I'm confused by the term. I know what
it means, but there seems to be some kind of aura
of hatred around a bisexual person. They're prone
to insults quite a bit.
Schlenheim: A person who prefers either sex. How
does the gay community accept them?
Leap: This has two meanings: In general, it can
be anyone who is working against or cutting across
conventional sex gender binaries. It can also
be anyone who is not comfortably heterosexual,
an effeminate boy, or anyone going against gender
John Liu was the grand marshal at the parade
Moore: For the most part, this refers to someone
who has had a sex change. Transvestite, on the
other hand, is a person who merely dresses of
the opposite sex.
Franconi: I confuse this word with transvestite
sometimes. Someone transgendered has had a sex
change. Someone transvestite has had a clothing
Hinkley: A person who, for whatever, reason, has
had a sex change. I really feel for these people
for the abuse they receive. And it must be a bit
difficult adapting to life in the opposite sex
from the get-go.
Schlenheim: Someone who had a sex change operation.
It must take a lot to be able to commit to something
Leap: Once derogatory, it became a term of identity
in the 90s with people who didn't identify with
'gay,' which had taken on a commercial club scene,
lighthearted flavor. It's not nearly as accepted
outside of white circles as people might think.
A National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce study in
2000 claimed 80 percent of African-American men
and women reject it completely.
Moore: I find this to be a silly word because
its definition is ambiguous and shrouded in negative
connotations. It was used to label gays and lesbians
in past eras, so it is sometimes shunned by those
in the community.
Franconi: Usually refers to a gay person. But
I know it gets used a lot in plenty of other situations.
Hinkley: What exactly does queer mean? But for
this case, I'll say a gay or lesbian person. What
about bisexuals though?
Schlenheim: A bad omen to hear it, I think. What
do gays think about this one? It's used negatively