Inthe earliest reference found to date for the word gay as a self-described name for homosexuals came from Alfred A. Certain groups of female Japanese monkeys prefer the company of other females:. Archived from the original on 9 September Style guides, like the following from the Associated Presscall for gay over homosexual:. Retrieved 19 October
In the s, gay became the word favored by homosexual men to describe their sexual orientation.
Grove Press, p. Namespaces Article Talk. This usage of the word has been criticized as homophobic. Used to describe men and women attracted to the same sex, though lesbian is the more common term for women.