Friday, 31 August 2012

Daily Telegraph: Behind The Times

In other theatrical news, I can disclose that Darren Day is to play a homosexual gospel singer in The Last Session at the tiny Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden next month. The Hollyoaks star tells me: "I am thrilled to be playing the part of Gideon in this work as the book, score and lyrics are stunning. The part is a real contrast to my usual roles as I'll be playing a gay gospel singer who is HIV positive. Also, I love the challenge of performing a musical at an intimate theatre like the Tristan Bates. I'm more accustomed to large scale musicals and television. A new challenge is always fantastic and I couldn't resist this as the piece and part are so brilliant." 

The Daily Telegraph - the only British newspaper that still recommends calling gay men "homosexual" in its style book.
"gay: permissible in headlines if essential but use homosexual in text."
Then later, for clarification; "homosexual is an adjective, not a noun"
The baffling "gays" (a noun, not an adjective) is often used elsewhere - even in some gay media - though I don't know of any "gay" who uses it in speech, unless they are being ironic.
Not that I'm suggesting some gay journalists are completely out of touch or anything.
Heaven forfend!


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  2. Invert, for me too.
    I'd not thought about the demise of the "pouffe" being related to the rise of "pooves" but I think you have raised an interesting subject.


  3. PRINCE OF SNARKNESS31 August 2012 at 23:05

    "polymorphous perverse" for me, thank you.
    sounds a bit 70s punk singer... bin bags and bad teeth.

    "shirt lifter" for some reason puts the willies up me; i associate it with john inman proffering grace bothers shirts with ugly enormous collars in shades of putty, mushroom, and beige.

  4. I think using 'gay' as a noun is making a bit of a comeback, for example:

    "My friend Sarah is going out all the time and she takes loads of drugs, basically she lives as a gay."

    But a personal favourite has got to be 'quincer', as a noun, or 'quincy' as an adjective.