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Ballroom/Queer Slang

Main Piece:  The informant provided examples of ballroom slang which are all used in situations with positive connotations: “the category is” “fierce” “werk “that was a serve”“boots” “the house down” “sissy that walk” “work that pussy out” “slay” “queen” “And like another slang trend is assigning everyone feminine pronouns, and even assigning feminine identify to… Continue Reading »

“Fish” as folk speech to describe femininity in the drag community

Main Piece Informant: In the gay community, fish or being fishy refers to how uhh accurately a drag queen presents as a biological female, I guess. This is hard to explain because I use it all the time, haha. Usually we say “oh, she is serving fish” or “oh, she is fishy” which is usually… Continue Reading »

Softball Apparel Signs and Sexuality

Informant: “In high school playing softball there was this secret code to show if you were lesbian. I know how ridiculous that is now, but if you wore ribbons in your hair, it meant you weren’t. Every girl on the team would put ribbons in their hair because they didn’t want people thinking they were… Continue Reading »

Haitian AIDS/HIV Medicine Joke

“So, back when I was doing HIV work I used to hear this joke all the time from my gay patients. It would go something like, ‘What’s the hardest part about having HIV?’ and the gay guy would say, ‘Convincing my mom I had sex with a Haitian. *laughing* ” Context: This joke was performed at… Continue Reading »