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a friend of Dorothy

euphemism, dated A homosexual. Refers to Judy Garland, who played the character Dorothy in the 1939 film adaptation of The Wizard of Oz and became a gay icon in the 1960s. Even as far as we as a people have progressed, it can still be extremely difficult—dangerous, even—for people to admit they are a friend of Dorothy in certain parts of the country.
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a friend of Dorothy

a homosexual person. informal euphemistic
The expression alludes to Dorothy Gale, the young heroine of Frank L. Baum's The Wizard of Oz ( 1900 ), played in the 1939 film version by Judy Garland , who later became a gay icon.
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You're a new one to me," Dorothy said reflectively, addressing the Patchwork Girl.
asked Dorothy, a little puzzled to understand the brief history related.
The Scarecrow has many good qualities," replied Dorothy.
Aunt Em once said she thought the fairies must have marked Dorothy at her birth, because she had wandered into strange places and had always been protected by some unseen power.
Whatever the explanation might be, it was certain that Dorothy had been absent from her Kansas home for several long periods, always disappearing unexpectedly, yet always coming back safe and sound, with amazing tales of where she had been and the unusual people she had met.
When Dorothy told about the riches of this fairy country Uncle Henry would sigh, for he knew that a single one of the great emeralds that were so common there would pay all his debts and leave his farm free.
When Dorothy, who was an orphan, first came to her, Aunt Em had been so startled by the child's laughter that she would scream and press her hand upon her heart whenever Dorothy's merry voice reached her ears; and she still looked at the little girl with wonder that she could find anything to laugh at.
It was Toto that made Dorothy laugh, and saved her from growing as gray as her other surroundings.
Dorothy stood in the door with Toto in her arms, and looked at the sky too.
Yes," said Dorothy, "you do very well, for a beginner.
Oh, I couldn't POSS'BLY eat it, unless it was cooked," exclaimed Dorothy.
The girl was no taller than Dorothy, although more slender; nor did she seem any older than our little heroine.
As she faced them, shy as a frightened fawn, poised upon one foot as if to fly the next instant, Dorothy was astonished to see tears flowing from her violet eyes and trickling down her lovely rose-hued cheeks.
Now you must feed me, Dorothy, for I'm half starved.
The children were inclined to be frightened by the sight of the small animal, which reminded them of the bears; but Dorothy reassured them by explaining that Eureka was a pet and could do no harm even if she wished to.