queen

n
an effeminate homosexual. The word quean signified a whore in early 19th-century slang. This appellation was trans-ferred to male prostitutes (often transves-tite) and thence to male homosexuals in general. The use of the word is obviously reinforced by its colloquial use to mean an imperious or ostentatious (older) woman. In the gay environment of the 1970s and 1980s queen was used to refer specifically to individuals who are affected in manner, elderly and/or con-sciously effeminate.
► 'And he's just a go-getting queen. He's interested in you purely because of your plays.' (Kenneth Halliwell, quoted in Joe Orton's Diary, 2 May 1967, 1986)

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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