Etymology of Gay

Found in the English language; moving as a linguistic loan around the world, generalizing to identify the homosexual individual by his cheerful and light behavior, referring to the French gai, interpreted as one that shows a happy personality, associated to the high German gāhi, indicating a state of sudden surprise, reflecting itself in the old Spanish gaio, gai in Catalan, gaio in Italian, and gaio in Portuguese, emerging in all cases on a possible root in the Occitan from the forms gai, jai, for joyful. The relationship with homosexuality goes back to the beginning of the 20th century in the US, noting that the first manifestation of Gay Pride occurred in June 1970, in New York.

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