Gay Dictionary Chinese
How to say gay in Chinese
Below are the words of our Chinese Gay Dictionary that we will expand in new editions. If you know any more, please, contact us. But first some information about the language and where it is spoken.
When we speak about Chinese language, we actually refer to the set of languages closely related to each other spoken in China, belonging to the Sino-Tibetan family and now spoken by 1325 million persons. In our Chinese Gay Dictionary you can find expressions of different Chinese languages.
As in the rest of the planet, there was a time when homosexual behavior was normalized in China, until in 1740 the first law against it was approved. The rejection of sexual diversity came from the hand of the West during the Self-Strengthening Movement, which intensified during the Cultural Revolution. Finally, in 1997 homosexuality was decriminalized and in 2001 eliminated from the list of mental illnesses. However, the policy of the authorities has not been aimed at granting rights or protecting against discrimination, being substantiated in the slogan of the "three noes": not approve, not disapprove and not promote. Socially, the situation is different in colonial regions such as Hong Kong, Taiwan or Macao, where there is much more freedom, activities and LGBT cultural production than in mainland China.
The English translation of the Chinese word bōlī (玻璃) is crystal, glass, etc., and since the mid-90s it has been used as a slang term for homosexual men by the LGBT community in China and Taiwan. This slang word comes from the English acronym B.L., which has several versions, like Boy Lover, Boy’s Love, Boys Love. All of them serve to refer to the love between boys, men, etc.
Read more: Bōlí. Gay Dictionary (China, Taiwan)+
Gēi-Lóu (基佬) is a colloquial neologism that we could translate as a homosexual man. The first part “Gēi” is a linguistic loan from English that, although it means base or basic, is used for its phonetic resemblance to the word gay. The second part “Lóu” is a suffix that tends to be derogatory and indicates that the first part is referring to a man.+
Faggot. Cantonese Chinese.+
Faggot. Cantonese Chinese.+
Tóngxìnglián (同性恋) literally means love or lust for the same sex. It is an adjective that we could translate as homosexual and that belongs to Mandarin Chinese.+
Tóngxìngliánzhě (同性恋者) has the meaning of love or lust for the same sex. It is a noun that is used to refer to a homosexual person.+
The English translation of the word tóngzhì (同志) is comrade, and although it is one of the most used words in China as slang for gay, the authorities refuse to make this slang part of the dictionaries.
Read more: Tóngzhì. Gay Dictionary (China)