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Friend of Dorothy





"Friend of Dorothy" was a term used by gay people in the US. The phrase dates back to at least World War II, when same gender loving was illegal in the US. Stating that, or asking if, someone was a "friend of Dorothy" was a euphemism used for discussing sexual orientation/gender identity without others knowing its meaning. 

Fun Fact: In the early 1980s, the Naval Investigative Service was investigating homosexuality in the Chicago area. Agents discovered that gay men sometimes referred to themselves as "friends of Dorothy." Unaware of the historical meaning of the term, the NIS believed that a woman named Dorothy was at the center of a massive ring of homosexual military personnel. The NIS launched an enormous hunt for Dorothy, hoping to find her and convince her to reveal the names of gay servicemembers.