When we say "boxing," the first thing you think of may not be a gay guy going 10 rounds in the ring. But Velvet Gloves Gentleman's Boxing is sparring with stereotypes and offering gay men new ways to get fit, have fun and possibly find a husband. The Huffington Post chatted with Vance Garrett, who started the group with Francisco Liuzzi, to learn more about how Velvet Gloves started, what participants can expect and more. The Huffington Post: Where did the inspiration for velvet gloves come from?
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It has been used in various languages since the early 20th century as a means by which members of the LGBT community identify themselves and speak in code with brevity and speed to others. Because of sodomy laws and threat of prosecution due to the criminalization of homosexuality , LGBT slang has served as an argot or cant , a secret language and a way for the LGBT community to communicate with each other publicly without revealing their sexual orientation to others. During the first seven decades of the 20th century, a specific form of Polari was developed by gay men and lesbians in urban centres of the United Kingdom within established LGBT communities. Although there are differences, contemporary British gay slang has adopted many Polari words. Slang is ephemeral. Terms used in one generation may pass out of usage in another.
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In , during a time when gay people were viewed as abhorrent subversives and a threat to society, two gay lovers, Danny Brown and Doc Benner, created and produced America's first racially inclusive traveling revue of female impersonators. It was staffed almost entirely by gay men and one gay woman and was known as the Jewel Box Revue. In many ways it was America's first gay community.