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The '''gay''' life of libertine sexual promiscuity was described vividly by a Victorian gentleman in his autobiography, ''My Secret Life''. In the late twentieth century, [[homosexuality]] advocates chose to reclaim the word "gay" as a badge of honor, implying that promiscuity and immorality were acts of courage deserving approval from the mainstream.
* The word gay in the 1890s had an overall tinge of promiscuity -- a gay house was a brothel. The suggestion of immorality in the word can be traced back to 1637. [http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=gay]
* A triumph of consciousness-raising has been the homosexual hijacking of the word "gay". I used to mourn the loss of gay in (what I still think of as) its true sense. But on the bright side (wait for it) gay has inspired a new imitator, which is the climax of this article. Gay is succinct, uplifting, positive: an "up" word, where homosexual is a down word, and queer, faggot and pooftah are insults. [http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2003/jun/21/society.richarddawkins]
The 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.
<ref>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. [http://www.etext.org/Zines/Critique/article/mysecretlife.html]</ref>
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.
== Homosexual activism and the United States ==
The [[Atheism|atheist]] [[Harry Hay]] is founder and progenitor of the activist [[homosexual agenda]] in the United States.
*[http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=25972 Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender--Whatever], [[Gary Bauer]], ''[[Human Events]]'', April 11, 2008
* [[Gay rights]]
* [[Gay Bomb]]
* [[Homosexual Agenda]]
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