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1‘an organization for gay youngsters’
homosexual, lesbian, sapphic, lesbigay
GLBT, gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered
rare homophile, Uranian
informal pink, lavender, camp, lezzy, les, lesbo, butch, dykey
informal, derogatory queer, limp-wristed, that way, swinging the other way, homo
British informal, derogatory bent, poofy
North American informal, derogatory fruity
2‘her children all looked chubby and gay’
cheerful, cheery, merry, jolly, light-hearted, mirthful, jovial, glad, happy, bright, in good spirits, in high spirits, joyful, elated, exuberant, animated, lively, sprightly, vivacious, buoyant, bouncy, bubbly, perky, effervescent, playful, frolicsome
informal chirpy, on top of the world, as happy as a sandboy
North American informal as happy as a clam
3‘they were having a gay old time’
jolly, merry, convivial, hilarious, amusing, uproarious, rollicking, entertaining, enjoyable
4‘the windows sported gay checked curtains’
bright, brightly coloured, vivid, brilliant, rich, vibrant
richly coloured, many-coloured, multicoloured
1‘in Denmark gays can marry in church’
homosexual, lesbian, gay person, lesbigay
rare invert, homophile, Uranian
informal queen, friend of Dorothy, dyke, les, lesbo, lezzie, butch, femme
informal, derogatory queer, homo, pansy, nancy, bumboy, nelly
British informal, derogatory poof, poofter, ponce, jessie, woofter, shirtlifter, bender
North American informal, derogatory cupcake, swish, twinkie
Australian informal wonk
South African informal, derogatory moffie
West Indian informal, derogatory batty boy, batty man
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