Gay Dictionary: Italian

How to say gay in Italian

Italian is a language of Indo-European family formed by several dialects. It is spoken by about 62 million people and is official in 9 countries or regions. In the vast Italian Gay Dictionary placed at your disposal highlights the obsession in Italy with bottom gays and this is probably due to the intimate and peculiar relationship that Italy has had with male homosexual behavior. As we explained in our article Finocchio for Protest Collection , or Pedicabo Ego Vos et Irrumabo for Funny Collection, Italians inherited the Greek homosexual relationship system, teacher-pupil, and transformed it into the master-slave system, that allowed a man fuck their slaves and men in general, without prejudice to his manhood as long as fulfill his role as father and man in society. Be fucked or sucking a dick were abominable acts, but the opposite was allowed. 2000 years later we can see that most of insults are directed to the reviled group of bottoms, when logically cannot exist a bottom without a top. Already said Jeanne Moreau in Fassbinder film, Querelle, "each man kills the thing he loves", and it seems that in Italy homophobia is directly proportional to the love for gay sex.

Source: "Il gergo queer nell'italiano novecentesco e contemporaneo" Doctoral Thesis by Daniel de Lucia, Università "G. D'Annunzio" Chieti-Pescara (2013)



Term Definition

pejorative feminine term used for especially effeminate gay man, whom is presumed a bottom sexual role. This term had special diffusion by the actions of the group Spaventapassere (Scarecrow)

The origin of this expression is not clear, but revolves around the patriarchal identification, that is, the attribution of female characteristics to gay men, since according to this point of view, gays are men who are like women:

  1. Checca is the diminutive of Francesca, women’s name, and as in the case of the Spanish expression Marica, is a woman's name used to call homosexual men.

  2. In some parts of Italy as Tuscany and Lazio, checca is slang for female reproductive organ.

  3. In Venice and Tuscany used expressions like Cecca and Checa, indicating vulgar, stupid and careless woman. Other terms, such as Pato (Gay Dictionary: Latin America), have their origin in the attribution of many negative features to gays, so that using the expression Checca could to extend the negative characteristics of some women to all homosexual men.

Checca is widely used in Lazio, Tuscany and Lombardy, where the masculine form Checco is used too, and is also used to a lesser extent in the rest of Italy.

Variations: Amichecca (hag fag), Checcaggine, Criptochecca (homosexual in the closet), Chierichecca (fanatic catholic homosexual), Scheccare (acting in effeminate, angry or hysterical way), Arcichecca (of Arcigay association), Aristochecca (Dandy), Melochecca (music lover).

Composed expressions: Checca Fatua, Checca Fracica, Checca Isterica, Checca Manifesta, Checca Marcia, Checca Onnivora, Checca Pazza, Checca Persa, Checca Sfatta, Checca Sfranta, Checca Storica, Checca Velata, Baffo-Checca, Etero-Checca, Checca Power!

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