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Alexander H., Russian anatomist, 1842-1907. See: Gay glands.


1. A homosexual, especially male.
2. Denoting a homosexual person or the male homosexual lifestyle.


adjective Referring to either male or female homosexual orientation.

noun Homosexual; vernacular for both male homosexuals and male homosexuality.


adjective Referring to either ♂ and ♀ homosexual orientation, as in gay rights activism noun Homosexual; vernacular for ♂ homosexuals and ♂ homosexuality. See Homosexuality. Cf Closet.


1. A male homosexual.
2. Denoting homosexual individual or the male homosexual lifestyle.
See also: lesbian


An informal term for homosexual, usually male.

Patient discussion about gay

Q. Is this a malady if i am homosexual? because i feel sometimes very unhappy and outside the society... Some people would say - "oh yes", other could say: "i don't know, but i think this is not so common or normal", "homosexual? even the rats don't do it in the laboratories", "they should be exterminated", and so on. In fact we hear probably more bad stuff, than something else. My brother is homosexual and was very long depressive, because he could not tell it to our parents. Perhaps he is still depressive - a little bit from time to time. He lives with his partner. I do not pretend to have the key about it, nor the why nor the "how it comes". I share here with you what I have been taught some years ago. I can live with that. It makes for me sense. I know that many of you will not agree with it, but as long we have not a better explanation...

A. I've worked with different gay people, open and in the closet. I have nothing but good experiences with them. I have never had a talk with them regarding their bring up or how they discovered they were gay.


A. thanxs...very helpful...wInk

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(2.) John Gay, Poems on Several Occasions, 2 vols (London: Jacob Tonson and Bernard Lintot, 1720).
(3.) William Irving, John Gay's London (Boston: Archon, 1968),
John Gay and his work have not commanded the same scholarly review.
Before we proceed to the theoretical part of this paper, let us first make some observations concerning the history of the genre in England, and the role John Gay played within that history.
John Gay is well known as the author of The Beggar's Opera, but few people know anything else about him.
John Gay's The Beggar's Opera (1728), Henry Fielding's Tom Thumb (1730), Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The Critic (1779), and Henry Carey's "most tragical tragedy" Chrononhotonthologos (1734) are the outstanding survivals from an age when burlesque was cruelly satirical and often defamatory.
John Arbuthnot, John Gay, Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope, and Thomas Parnell, They created the persona of a dull modern scholar, Martinus Scriblerus, to whom they attributed various dull and absurd works of literary scholarship and criticism.
His The Three-Penny Opera (1927, New York production, 1933), with libretto by Bertolt Brecht, is a modern version of John Gay's Beggar's Opera.
As a patron, Bolingbroke formed literary friendships with Swift, John Gay, John Arbuthnot, and Pope.
| Elizabeth Taylor and hotelier Conrad Hilton 1728: John Gay's The Beggar's Opera was first performed, with a score derived from popular ballads of the time.
music The Beggar's Opera John Gay's popular 18th century folk opera, updated by Benjamin Britten in 1948, is performed by members of the Birmingham Conservatoire vocal department.
Swift's creation His friend John Gay wrote in a 1726 letter to him that: "It is universally read, from the cabinet council to the nursery."