Collective Nouns

A friend asked what would be the collective noun for a group of gay men. I responded:

I think it depends on various factors:

a fist of otherwise unspecified gay men
a star of twinks
a pelt of bears
a cruise or a hankie of gay bars
a tosca of opera queens
a roundup or a lasso of gay cowboys

Same with lesbians:

a rouge of femmes
a bench (shortened from workbench) of butches
a daddy or a diesel of dykes
a scoop of earth mothers
a lick or a fist of lesbians


a quirk or quark of queers
a cadre of LGBTQ activists
a buffet of bisexuals (waffle is also used, but may be considered disparaging)
a kate of genderqueers

For any of us, gay, lesbian, bi, trans, queer:

a family of lovers

Goddamn it. A *family*. Is that so complicated?

2 comments for “Collective Nouns

  1. May 25, 2006 at 4:07 pm

    Yay!! Indeed. A Family.

  2. January 23, 2007 at 2:30 am

    A diesal of dykes.
    Oh, how I dig that one.
    And of course, family. Ahhhhhh.

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