Quotation by James Baldwin

The condition that is now called gay was then called queer. The operative word was faggot and, later, pussy, but those epithets really had nothing to do with the question of sexual preference: You were being told simply that you had no balls.
James Baldwin (1924–1987), U.S. author. repr. In The Price of the Ticket, "Here Be Dragons." "Freaks and the American Ideal of Manhood," Playboy (Chicago, January 1985).
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