Gay Slang 101: Understanding Queer Talk

Whether you like going crazy with the same or the opposite sex, we can bet that you’ve heard a couple of gay people talk without understanding half of their conversation, even if they were talking in perfect English and you could hear them loud and clear. If this happened to you (and it probably did), you have heard gay slang without even realizing it.

Understanding Queer Talk

We’ll admit that not all gay people use gay slang. Those that do, however, have a pretty wide range of terms and phrases that can easily be understood by a layman, as well as those that even some of the gayest people in the world – who can easily answer questions like “why are people gay” and “what is the definition of gay” – can’t decipher. With that in mind, here’s a quick introduction into queer talk.

1. The Obvious

Like we’ve said before, there are a lot of things that fall under gay slang and which can be understood by most people. Much like in any other slang, if you just think a little and make some logical connection, you’ll be able to comprehend the meaning of certain words with ease.

For starters, there’s the “iron closet.” As you already know, it’s common to say someone “came out of the closet” when you want to say that they openly admitted to being gay. An “iron closet,” on the other hand, means that an individual is in such deep denial or is so afraid that they will probably never tell anyone the truth about their sexual preference.

Up next is a “vegetarian.” This particular term has nothing to do with food, let alone someone’s eating habits – instead, it refers to a gay man who doesn’t like being on the giving side of oral sex. Although it doesn’t have anything to do with food, it does have something to do with meat – the word “meat” is commonly used among gay and non-gay people as slang for a penis, and when someone doesn’t want to “eat” a penis, he’s a “vegetarian” – simple as that.

2. The Not-So-Obvious

Contrary to our previous examples, there are certain terms in gay slang that even those who have been gay their whole life have no knowledge of. There are no logical connections to be made here, only wild guesses.

Let’s start with “warm bruder.” If you speak German, you’ll know what this term literally translates to “warm brother,” but there’s a good chance that you still won’t know what that means. For some reason, this term is widely accepted in Germany, the US and the rest of the world, and its meaning is – a gay man.

Another great example of a strange gay slang word is “hoyden.” Unless you have a time machine and you’ve arrived in 2017 from 16th century Britain, you won’t be able to guess what this means. A “hoyden” is actually a wild woman who refuses to be tamed or kept in place. It can also refer to a tomboy.

There’s no real reason why would a term stick around for more than 400 years only to be used by the gay community, is there? Like we said – gay slang can be weird sometimes.

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