American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Gay or lesbian.
- adj. Actively concerned with the rights of gay men or lesbians.
- adj. dated Homosexual, gay or lesbian, having a sexual or romantic preference for persons of one's own gender; used to emphasize love over sex.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the “homophile movement”, a gay activist movement that used this term in English.
- n. dated A homosexual, a gay man or lesbian, one who has a sexual or romantic preference for persons of one's own gender; used to emphasize love over sex.
- n. someone who practices homosexuality; having a sexual attraction to persons of the same sex
- adj. homosexual or arousing homosexual desires
- From homo- + -phile. (Wiktionary)
“Obviously, Average Joe hasn't heard of the term "homophile," and he probably uses the term "homosexual," indicating that the movement failed in the respect.”
“Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Churches MCC, remembers meeting Dr. Kameny in 1969: He was a hero in what we then called the 'homophile' movement.”
“He urged what was then called the homophile movement to assert itself to achieve equality”
“She was already an activist in the nascent "homophile" movement.”
“GLF's membership wasn't the well-mannered ladies and gentlemen from the "homophile" organizations who, since 1949, had pleaded gently for acceptance, and who made sure to dress "appropriately" when marching or demonstrating.”
“One observer recalled a scene that was the virtual opposite of what the homophile organizations had counseled—and one of the great renegade moments in American history:”
“The homophile and gay marriage movements tell us that the nuclear family is the destiny for all of us who wish to be healthy.”
“The first gay political movement in the U.S., the “homophile” movement of the 1950s and 1960s, sought “civil rights,” “full citizenship,” and “recognition that we are just like heterosexuals.””
“When homophile organizations staged protests, they consisted of marching in silence for a few minutes, then departing quickly and without a word.”
“Like the homophile movement, the gay marriage movement demands that, in order to gain acceptance as full citizens, its constituents adopt the cultural norms of the American citizen: productivity, selflessness, responsibility, sexual restraint, and the restraint of homosexual expression in particular.”
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