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    Default homosexual, gay, lesbian.

    I know, homosexual = who do sex with the same sex and heterosexual = who do sex with the opposite sex.

    But I wonder what "gay" and "lesbian" means. When I looked up in my dictionary, it says they both homosexual. I can't understand clearly. Please help me.

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    Default Re: homosexual, gay, lesbian.

    "gay" can refer to both, as in 'gay rights', but mostly refers to males. Lesbians are females.

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    Default Re: homosexual, gay, lesbian.

    Thank you.
    Is the word homosexual includes both gay and lesbian?

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    Default Re: homosexual, gay, lesbian.

    Gay men/women and lesbians are all homosexual.

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    Default Re: homosexual, gay, lesbian.

    **Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**

    Usually gay only means that you are sexually attracted to the same gender as you.
    Although the word lesbian is exclusively used for women, you can say:
    "She is gay." - okay
    I believe when you use gay as an adjective (but talk about women) it is okay.
    That means it would be unusual to say:
    "The city is full of gay women." - not okay

    Edit
    Okay I have just checked some dictionaries, and they say:
    "Gay woman" is okay

    Cheers!

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