Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Gay or lesbian.
  • adj. Actively concerned with the rights of gay men or lesbians.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. 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. 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who practices homosexuality; having a sexual attraction to persons of the same sex
  • adj. homosexual or arousing homosexual desires

Etymologies

From homo- + -phile. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • 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.

    Joseph Ward III: LGBT-Inclusive Christians Honor Frank Kameny's Fight For Gay Rights

  • He urged what was then called the homophile movement to assert itself to achieve equality

    CNN.com

  • She was already an activist in the nascent "homophile" movement.

    About.com Lesbian Life

  • 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.

    CounterPunch

  • 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:

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • The homophile and gay marriage movements tell us that the nuclear family is the destiny for all of us who wish to be healthy.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • 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.”

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • When homophile organizations staged protests, they consisted of marching in silence for a few minutes, then departing quickly and without a word.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • 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.

    A Renegade History of the United States

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