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Gay West Hollywood Glossary
AFTERHOURS
A bar or dance event that begins or continues after normal bar closing hours.

BEAR, CUB, OTTER
A subculture of gay men exhibiting masculine traits such as body hair, muscles, or being heavy set. A bear is heavier, a cub is younger, and an otter is thinner.

BI-CURIOUS
Usually used self-referentially when one has natural but confusing feelings and interests in the same sex.

BI-SEXUAL
Interest in both men and women, usually with a greater preference to one or the other, but not always.

BOYSTOWN
An old reference to the West Hollywood gay strip before it became known as Gay West Hollywood. More recently known as the gay district in Chicago.

BRUNCH
A Saturday and Sunday mealtime, slightly later than breakfast and extending to the early afternoon. Often presented with a special menu containing both breakfast and lunch type items and served with "mimosas", a combination of champagne and orange juice.

CIRCUIT PARTY
A large gay male dance party featuring top DJs and resulting in a majority of the participants removing their shirts while dancing. Usually held at large venues, occurring often on holidays, and usually running after-hours.

CLUB
A theme event promoted at a bar or other venue by a promoter for the purpose of attracting similar minded people.

DRAG QUEEN
A man who dresses up as a girl for fun, quite often by those who would not consider themselves transgender.

DRAG SHOW
A type of show with men dressed up as women, often lip syncing to songs.

DYKE
Slang for a masculine lesbian.

FIERCE
A term often used by gay men to describe something fabulous.

FRIEND OF DOROTHY
A term used to describe someone gay.

GAY
A homosexual male or female; a man who is attracted to other men, or a woman who is attracted to other women.

GAYDAR
Slang for the ability to tell if someone is gay.

GAY GAMES
A world gay event, similar to the Olympics, but where gay & lesbian athletes compete in wide variety of sports activities.

GAY WEST HOLLYWOOD
The 1.5 mile strip of Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood, California where many gay bars, clubs, shops, and restaurants are located.

GO GO DANCER

A male or female dancer employed by a bar or club who accepts tips and dances on a pedestal for the entertainment of the guests.

LA
Los Angeles. The city of West Hollywood is located in Los Angeles county.

LESBIAN
A homosexual female; a woman who likes other women.

LGBT
Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender.

NIGHTCLUB
A venue that specializes in evening parties; usually dance parties.

PLUR
Peace, Love, Unity, Respect. The philosophy of rave culture.

RAVE
An electronic music dance event defined by PLUR.

TEA DANCE
A gay happy hour dance party beginning in the afternoon or early evening.

TOLERANCE
The practice of accepting the beliefs of others.

TMZ
Thirty Mile Zone. The epicenter area of Los Angeles containing the entertainment industry.

TRANSGENDER
A man or woman who's gender is not the same as his or her sex; a man who feels as if he's a woman; a woman who feels as if she's a man.

WEHO

A shortcut for WEst HOllywood.
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