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"Lesbian" is a noun which is often translated as "la lesbiana", and "gay" is an adjective which is often translated as "homosexual". Learn more about the difference between "lesbian" and "gay" below.
lesbian
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (sexual orientation)
a. la lesbiana
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Many historians believe Queen Christina of Sweden was a lesbian.Muchos historiadores creen que la reina Cristina de Suecia era una lesbiana.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (sexual orientation)
a. lesbiano
Natalia joined a lesbian club to seek moral support when her family rejected her.Natalia se integró a un club lesbiano para buscar apoyo moral cuando su familia la rechazó.
b. lésbico
The film's protagonists are a lesbian couple.Las protagonistas de la película son una pareja lésbica.
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gay(
gey
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (related to sexual preference)
a. homosexual
Alan's family were very supportive when he told them he was gay.La familia de Alan fue muy comprensiva cuando les dijo que era homosexual.
b. gay
I'm going to a gay bar tonight with my neighbor.Voy a ir a un bar gay con mi vecino esta noche.
2.
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(happy)
a. alegre
"We went to such a gay party last night," said the woman in the movie from the 1920s."Fuimos a una fiesta muy alegre anoche", dijo la mujer en la película de los años veinte.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (homosexual person; sometimes offensive)
a. el homosexual
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There were lots of gays in the parade.Había muchos homosexuales en el desfile.
b. el gay
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Look at that gay over there. - Grandma, you can't say that!Mira a ese gay. - Abuela, ¡no puedes decir eso!
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