Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Word of the Gay: "Significant Other"

A "significant other" is an individual who is regarded as special in anothers life, it could be their romantic and/or sexual partner or a close friend. The term is ambiguous which makes it applicable for all all orientations and gender identities.

6 comments:

inebriated said...

i never really put to much thought into the word but it is very ambiguous

Laurie said...

It's like Bill! He's my 'gay' soulmate...
Big brother/best friend type...
My 'old man'

HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ray of Sunshine said...

I hardly ever hear this term being used to describe very many heterosexual relationships, but I hear it more so with other types of relationships such as homosexual, bisexual, and transgender to describe the 'special' person in their lives.

I sometimes use this term depending on who I'm in the company of, but mostly when I'm purposely trying to be ambiguous. Most other times, I consider her my womyn, my gyrlfriend, my honey, my love bunny, or my studsband. This makes it perfectly clear that she is my 'significant other' without the ambiguity.

Queers United said...

I personally wouldn't use the term, it is just too ambiguous for my liking, but I am glad its there for those who prefer it.

bridgeout said...

I love that term.... so all encompassing! So perfect!
We have men use that term in the DV groups I facilitate, so it can be general and respectful. Some of them balk at the term because it sounds "gay." We don't let them off that hook!

Queers United said...

What is "DV" group?

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