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How many of these gay sex and lifestyle terms do you know?

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Harvey Day
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How many of these gay sex and lifestyle terms do you know?

The weird and wonderful world of gay terminology can sometimes be utterly mind-boggling (even for me - and I’ve known I was gay for as long as I can remember).

And this history of gay words and phrases goes back hundreds of years to the once-secret language called ‘polari’ – a form of slang (a bit like Cockney rhyming) used by gay men to disguise their activities from the police, back when homosexuality was illegal. You can read more about this fascinating history here.

Nowadays, gay men and other LGBT+ people still have lots of terms used to describe a whole host of things they do from sex to coming out to body types.

So, we thought it would be a little bit of fun (and perhaps even informative) to quiz you on your knowledge of gay sex and lifestyle terms. Let us know how you get on! 

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