Use of the noun gay to refer to a particular person "the author is a gay" or particular people "they are both gays" is commonly considered offensive. Instead, phrases that employ the adjective are preferred, as in "a gay author," "they are both gay," etc. The noun does, however, function as a neutral or positive self-descriptor, and in its plural form is common especially in phrases with other plural nouns that relate to sexual orientation and gender identity, as in "the rights of gays and lesbians. These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'gay.
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We are both men. That is the very point. We're gay. We love and are attracted to men. Stereotypes about gay men are destructive to both how society views us, as well as to how we view ourselves.
By Kevin L. When I was a teenager, there were a few boys at my high school who ridiculed me, almost everyday. I learned to walk by without showing any reaction; I could not let them know that it bothered me, or else I would be proving to them that I was indeed gay.