Australian Slang For Gay Or Homosexual (6 Examples)

There are many slang words people use to refer to the LGBTQI community, some not so nice as the others. We are strongly opposed to using derogatory terms for any minority, and in no way do we condone discrimination of marginalized groups. This article will provide you with slang terms used in Australia for gay people, and some might of them are offensive. Even if you’re interested in these slang words, always try to remain respectful towards others.

Fairy

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Fairy is a word people use in most English-speaking countries to describe effeminate gay men. This slang word basically compares them to fairies because of their feminine features.

Example:

  • Stop crying you fairy, everything is gonna be alright.

Friend Of Dorothy

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Dorothy refers to the main character of ‘The Wizard of Oz’, portrayed by Judy Garland, who most consider a gay icon. Because of that, gay people are referred to as friends of Dorothy in Australia.

Example:

  • I heard that club is a gathering spot for friends of Dorothy.

Gaylord

Meaning:

  • (Noun) This is a humorous slang word most of the time, and it doesn’t have negative connotations when used. Popular outside of Australia as well.

Example:

  • You’re such a gaylord, mate!

Homo

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Short for homosexual, is used all over the world. Can be derogatory, but not always.

Example:

  • Did you hear the news, Tina’s son is a homo!

Poofter

Meaning:

  • (Noun) This is an Australian slang word for male gay people that has really negative connotations. It originated in the 1960s during a time of organized hate crimes against homosexuals in Australia. Nowadays people mostly use it to describe homosexual men that are effeminate.

Example:

  • Andy is behaving like a real poofter, isn’t he?

Shirtlifter

Meaning:

  • (Noun) This is another Australian slang word for an effeminate gay man. Probably has something to do with them wearing crop-tops.

Example:

  • I love hanging out with shirtlifters, they are super fun!?

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