But, we use it primarily as a noun and an adjective referring to homosexual men and the practices and cultures associated with homosexuality, and have done since its use increased in the 20th century.
Of course, there are some people who use it to refer to anything they regard as stupid or something or someone they do not like. This is rightly frowned upon and it’s use in that context is discouraged by anyone but homophobes, bigots and the extremely ignorant.
One of my WsIP, Defying Leviticus is set in the 16th century when men who loved men where referred to as Sodomites (or Sondomite if you were the Marquess of Queensbury) or an ‘Unnatural’ . Loving other men was ok but the act of Buggery was punishable by death. Indeed, Walter, Baron Hungerford was beheaded in June 1540 under the Buggery Act of 1533 when Henry V111 made it a capital offence. He (Hungerford) shared the scaffold with Thomas Cromwell who lost his head on the same day.
Thankfully we have moved on from the days when homosexuality was a capital offence. But in other countries, particularly in the Middle East and countries where Muslim is the prevalent religion men and women can still be executed or imprisoned for homosexuality. In our more enlightened culture, it seems extremely harsh and unjust to us that human beings can be so cruel to others merely for being who they are and loving who they do.
But we shouldn’t be too complacent, because there is still a long way to go even in our own country before being gay is seen as normal and hardly worth mentioning. Gay men and women are still targeted by bigots and homophobes, called names, beaten up, maimed or even murdered. The fight to marry and have the same rights as heterosexuals is even now being fought for in the UK and in the USA.
And one day, hopefully the right to marry, have a family, to visit and be visited by loved ones in hospital, and to have the right to be recognised as the next of kin will become a reality for the thousands of gay couples in every state, province and country around the world.
Meanwhile…the fight goes on.