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BOOK REVIEW: The Story of Polari, Britain’s Secret Gay Language by Paul Baker

September 14, 2019

With a cast of drag queens and sailors, Dilly boys and macho clones, Fabulosa! is an essential document of recent history and a fascinating and fantastically readable account of this funny, filthy, and ingenious language

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PREVIEW: Fabulosa! The Story of Polari, Britain’s Secret Gay Language @Conway Hall

James Ledward July 10, 2019

Polari is a language that was used chiefly by gay men in the first half of the twentieth century. At a time when being gay could result in criminal prosecution – or worse – Polari offered its speakers a degree of public camouflage, a way of expressing humour, and a means of identification and of establishing a community.

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