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Outward
Expanding the LGBTQ Conversation
June 11 2014 10:39 AM

Ask a Homo: Gay Slang

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Welcome back to "Ask a Homo," Outward's no-judgement answer service for all your questions on LGBTQ politics, culture, etiquette, language, and other queer conundrums. This week, Mr. J. Bryan Lowder continues her discussion of the "gay manner of speaking," focusing on gay slang realness and the sometimes shady business of pronoun switching.

If there are questions you’ve been dying to ask a member of the real rainbow coalition, this is your chance. Send your queries—for publication—to slateoutward@gmail.com, and please put “ASK A HOMO” in the subject line. Note that questions may be edited.

J. Bryan Lowder is a Slate assistant editor. He writes and edits for Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section, and for the culture section.

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