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The Queens' English by Chloe O. Davis

The Queens' English by Chloe O. Davis


The Queens' English - The LGBTQIA+ Dictionary of Lingo and Colloquial Expressions by Chloe O. Davis with a foreword from Paula Akpan


Do you know where "yaaaas queen!" comes from?

Do you know the difference between a bear and a wolf?

Do you know what all the letters in LGBTQIA+ stand for?

The Queens' English is a comprehensive guide to modern gay slang, queer theory terms, and playful colloquialisms that define and celebrate LGBTQIA+ culture. This modern dictionary provides an in-depth look at queer language, from terms influenced by celebrated lesbian poet Sappho and from New York's underground queer ball culture in the 1980s to today's celebration of RuPaul's Drag Race.

The glossary of terms is supported by full-color illustrations and photography throughout, as well as real-life usage examples for those who don't quite know how to use "kiki," "polysexual," or "transmasculine" in a sentence. A series of educational lessons highlight key people and events that shaped queer language; readers will learn the linguistic importance of pronouns, gender identity, Stonewall, the Harlem Renaissance, and more.

For every queen in your life-the men, women, gender non-conforming femmes, butches, daddies, and zaddies- The Queens' English is at once an education and a celebration of queer history, identity, and the limitless imagination of the LGBTQIA+ community.




Chloe O. Davis is a proud Black bisexual woman and debut author who works in the entertainment industry in New York. A graduate of Hampton University and Temple University, she has centered her creative platform on amplifying the narratives of Black culture and heightening the awareness of the LGBTQIA+ community.


Paula Akpan is a Black lesbian journalist, historian and public speaker. A sociology graduate from the University of Nottingham, her work mainly focuses on blackness, queerness, and social politics and she regularly writes for a variety of publications including Vogue, Teen Vogue, Independent, Stylist, VICE, i-D, Bustle, Time Out London and more.


  • Details

    Imprint: Square Peg

    Publication Date: 17 June 2021

    ISBN: 9781529110401

    Pages: 336

    Format: Hardback

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