Why blue gays?

kurlatik
kurlatik
March 7, 2015
Why blue gays?

With the definition of the etymology of the word "blue" in the context of the name of one of the groups of sexual minorities, linguistic scholars disagree. One of the most popular versions is the origin of the word “dove”.

The first recorded use of the term "blue" in terms of the homosexual, as sexual identity, is believed to be attributed to 60-70 years of the last century. In those years, a public of this kind gathered in a public garden near the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. The regular visitors of this square (later called the “dovecot” by the people) became known as “pigeons”. In the Russian language, the traditional outdated appeal to a man is “dove”, “blue”. Which also testifies in favor of this version.

Interestingly, the color itself here, as it turned out, is not to blame. Outside the Russian-speaking territories, “blue” gays are called “purple” or “pink”.

There is a version about the origin of the word from the English expression "blue ribbon", which appeared in prisons at the beginning of the 20th century and denoted a passive homosexual.From there, the word, as they say, migrated to the Russian slang of prisoners, having subsequently acquired wide popularity. However, in Soviet prisons the color of homosexuality was traditionally considered to be red. For example, the thieves in the law existed the concept of "red zone". Therefore, this version does not hold up well-founded criticism.

And why are blue called "blue"? Some gays themselves consider themselves to be “blue-blooded”. Also - a possible interpretation of the origin of the word.

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