Father Tony

Is Obama Economically Queer?

Filed By Father Tony | October 22, 2009 7:30 PM | comments

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On Tuesday, I was watching Good Morning America. I heard a man with a southern accent, referring to Obama's impression that we may be in a Depression, say "Oh that's just the President in drama queen mode."

You know a phrase has come full circle when an economist on mainstream TV calls the President an enthusiastic homosexual without even knowing it, and when no one raises an eyebrow.

I'm guessing that this phrase - very definitely gay in origin - moved into the straight community through hairdressers who used it in conversation with clients. Mothers with improved hair might go home and use it on their young tantrum-throwing children. This is where their husbands first heard it. Concurrently, it infiltrated the workplace where it was first introduced by gay employees much to the delight of their straight co-workers. (I know this to be true. I was one of the carriers.) Initially, the gay co-worker would sanitize the phrase by using it to refer only to a female co-worker who might be acting out. Soon enough, whole offices were gleefully using it to refer to men and women alike.

I knew the phrase had come almost full circle when, a few years ago, in a meeting with my female boss, she accused me of being a drama queen. Because, as administrators, she and I very carefully suppressed all elements of "gay" in our workplace, I knew that she didn't have a clue about what she was really saying.

Note, in gay parlance, the drama queen is never to be confused with the Broadway queen or the musical comedy queen or the theater queen or the opera queen. They are different critters, and Obama, soon after becoming President, managed to take his wife to New York for dinner and a show without becoming any of them. I fully expect the mainstreamed confusion of all these queens to soon unfold. Long before I become a dinosaur queen.


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I knew the phrase had come almost full circle when, a few years ago, in a meeting with my female boss, she accused me of being a drama queen. Because, as administrators, she and I very carefully suppressed all elements of "gay" in our workplace, I knew that she didn't have a clue about what she was really saying.

Gee, Father Tony, I didn't realize the Roman Catholic Church allowed women to be bishops.

Just kidding.

Dear A.J.,
I had a whole second career as a CFO. That is the one that afforded me the retirement. The church gave me nothing when I left.

I knew it had to be something like that. Sorry if the joke didn't work for you.

OH I LOVE IT! Gay parlance and code is one of my favorites subjects! I now have you to add to my list of enthusiastic 'queer talk' fans!

There are actually quite a few phrases that have entered popular uses through us queers. Strangely enough did you know 'travesty' is one of them? It comes from France, where it means something to the tune of 'the opposite of what SHOULD have happened,' but the really important part of the word to look at is the 'vest.' 'vest' means clothing. 'TRAVESTY' was originally invented to describe DRAG!

Later, 'nancy boy,' 'bod,' 'butch,' 'camp/campy,' 'chicken (as in chicken head),' 'to dish,' 'spill it (tell me),' 'fruit (as in a gay man),' 'troll (as in patrol),' 'daddy (as in who's picking up the check),' and even the pervasive use of 'drama' itself to mean trouble or emotional upheaval ALL came out of the Molly Houses and ghettos of the gay community in the last century and a half.

Father Tony, thanks for bringing attention to this!

Careful, Phil! Some of the terms you list had a different, earlier meanings among gay men.

"troll" was originally a word used to describe a very unattractive man, usually a gay man. Obviously, an insult. It originally had nothing to do with "patrol" as in "cruisin' around".

Also, there's "chicken" ... not originally a "chicken head", chicken referred to skinny young boys as sex objects ... hopefully of legal age, but hopefully not looking it yet. (And considering today's attitudes toward pedophilia, that is all I can say here --- draw your own further conclusions.) A man who liked "chicken" was a "chicken hawk".

But Phil, your point about "travesty" is interesting, and obvious only after being pointed out.

Troll, as in paroling around (cruising) comes from Polari over 100 years ago... most likely predates the JRR Tolkien definition of Troll! ;-)

Certainly in the 60s and 70s that's what Troll began to mean, but "going trolling for men" actually comes from the late 1800s!

Granted, but trolling for men meant hunting men - as a troll would. And the word "troll" is much older than just Tolkien. :)

Methinks it all swirls around each other - just like Obama being a drama queen.