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Gay

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

For a long time, homosexuality was considered a “taboo” subject for various reasons. It was thought to violate societal norms, it went against religious doctrines, and individuals simply were not comfortable with the thought of two people of the same sex engaging in relations. In modern-day reference, the term gay is associated with homosexuality. However, the term has encountered ambiguous meaning throughout time. A brief discussion of the historical usage of the word gay shows how the term ...

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