Monday, January 24, 2005

What's a homosexual?

"Homosexual" can be a noun. What does it mean? I always thought that "homosexual" as a noun just referred to a homosexual person. But this passage from a Houston Chronicle article suggests otherwise:
Cline said speakers will include a former homosexual, who is now married with two children, and a former lesbian.
Does "homosexual" sometimes mean "homosexual man"? I'm working on a post on the substance of this story, too. It'll appear shortly.


  1. I'm sort of inclined to think the noun-form of "homosexual" is not completely correct. Sort of like the way backwater people in comedies sometimes talk about "a gay."


  2. Heh. I've always had a prepared response to "X is a homosexual", which is "a homosexual what?".