Date: Thu, 18 Jan 1996 22:09:51 -0500 From: Ronald Butters Subject: Re: Flaming On Wed, 17 Jan 1996, Kathleen M. O'Neill wrote: > Anyone know the etymology of the term "flaming" > as it applies to homosexuals? > > Just curious. > > ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; > ;Kathleen M. O'Neill ... Language Laboratory Technician I ; > ;:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::; > ;University of Illinois at Chicago ... Language Laboratory ; > ;703 South Morgan Street (M/C 042) ... Grant Hall, Room 311 ; > ;Chicago, IL 60607-7025 ; > ;312.996.8838 or 8836 ... 312.996.5501 FAX ; The idea of 'heat' is often associated with male homosexual acts, e.g., the common German term is SCHWUL, derived (as I recall) from a phrase meaning 'hot brothers'. It was, I believe, Andy Warhol who made a movie in the 1960s (?) called FLAMING CREATURES with a queer theme. Bruce Rodgers in THE QUEENS' VERNACULAR: A GAY LEXICON (1972) does not list FLAMING, but he does list FLAME (IT UP), which he defines as 'to overemphasize, often deliberately, . . . the effeminate." He derives it (or maybe just associates it--it is hard to tell) from/with the phrase TURN UP THE FLAME (which he dates from 1972; I'm sure FLAME is much older). He lists CAMP as a synonym.