Gay life consists of immoral sexual activity, particularly homosexual or bisexual. The gay lifestyle, written about as early as the Victorian Era, is contrary to established morality, usually consisting of flagrant promiscuity.
In My Secret Life, the word "gay" referred especially to prostitutes, who often consorted with either sex.  In the latter half of the 20th century, the Sexual Revolution began to mainstream the word gay, with the result that American society is split. Around half view homosexuality in positive and affirmation terms, while others continue to condemn it on Biblical grounds.
- The book is the ostensibly true-life chronicle of Walter, a Victorian gentleman of moderate means and a truly obsessive desire for sexual experiences. Most of the women Walter has sex with are prostitutes, or "gay women," as he calls them.