Gay is a word with many meanings. A gay person is homosexual, but if we describe something like a scene or a party as gay, that means it's bright, merry, and happy.

Gay originally meant excited, festive and merry. Skipping down the street is something you'd do in a gay mood. A fun dinner party could be described as full of laughter and gaiety. Gay really only came to mean homosexual in the last century. The fight for gay rights doesn’t mean a fight for the right to be festive, it means a fight against discrimination.

Definitions of gay
  1. noun
    someone who practices homosexuality; having a sexual attraction to persons of the same sex
    synonyms: homo, homophile, homosexual
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    gay man, shirtlifter
    a homosexual man
    gay woman, lesbian, tribade
    a female homosexual
    closet queen
    a negative term for a homosexual man who chooses not to reveal his sexual orientation
    type of:
    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
  2. adjective
    homosexual or arousing homosexual desires
    synonyms: homophile, queer
    sexually attracted to members of your own sex
  3. adjective
    given to social pleasures often including dissipation
    “led a gay Bohemian life”
    characterized by or given to yielding to the wishes of someone
  4. adjective
    bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer
    “a gay sunny room”
    synonyms: cheery, sunny
    being full of or promoting cheer; having or showing good spirits
  5. adjective
    offering fun and gaiety
    gay and exciting night life”
    synonyms: festal, festive, merry
    full of or characterized by joy
  6. adjective
    full of or showing high-spirited merriment
    “when hearts were young and gay
    “"a poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company"- Wordsworth”
    synonyms: jocund, jolly, jovial, merry, mirthful
    full of or characterized by joy
  7. adjective
    brightly colored and showy
    “a dress a bit too gay for her years”
    “birds with gay plumage”
    synonyms: brave, braw
    colorful, colourful
    striking in variety and interest
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