Gay Lingo Essay

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Gay Lingo


Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the Philippines have a distinctive culture but limited legal rights. Gays and lesbians are generally tolerated, if not accepted, within Filipino society, but there is still widespread discrimination. The most visible members of the Filipino LGBT culture, the Bakla, are a distinct group in the Philippines.

According to the 2002 Young Adult fertility and Sexuality Survey, 11% of sexually active Filipinos between the ages of 15 and 24 have had sex with someone of the same sex.
Filipino poet and critic Lilia Quindoza Santiago has speculated that Filipino culture may have a more flexible concept of gender because kasarian, the
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For example, we say "award" instead of "embarrassed." They say "bet" instead of "boy crush." Eventually, gays learn to speak with a colorful vocabulary, using certain key rules.

Replacing the first letter of a word with "J."Example: Jowa - Asawa (husband, boyfriend) Jonta - Punta (to go to a place) Jubis - Obese The KY/ NY Law - Replacing the first letter with "Ky" or "Ny."Example: Kyota - Bata (Children) Nyorts - A pair of shorts

The Name Game - Replacing a word with a name (usually that of a celebrity) that sounds like it. Example: Julie Yap-Daza - Huli (to get caught) Gelli de Belen - Jealous Carmi Martin - Karma Tom Jones - Tomguts or gutom (hungry)′ Plus - Adding an extra syllable, extra letters, or extra words to create a different word. Example: Crayola - Cry Thunder Cats - Tanda (an old person; often called to an old gay man)

The use of gay lingo was first used to avoid having other people hear what you are talking about, especially when it comes to sex. This is also a means of defying the cultural norms and creating an identity of their own. Gay speak evolves really fast, with obsolete words and phrases being rewritten and replaced especially when non-gays learn what it means. Saying "Anong happening" (What are your plans for tonight) would make you associated with the 1980s.

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