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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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Beloved daughter of the late Annie and Joe, much loved cousin of June and Jack and a very dear friend of Dorothy, Jane and Sue.
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"You've heard the phrase friend of Dorothy? My mother was Dorothy."
Much loved dad of Stuart, Sandra, Denise and Jacqui, a loving father-in-law, grandad, great-grandad and a dear and loving friend of Dorothy. Funeral Tuesday, March 9, friends please meet for service in St.
So, how can you check that the bloke you've had your eye on for ages isn't a friend of Dorothy. Or, more to the point, a boyfriend of Dave?
Vogel wrote the first act, the '50s-set "A Friend of Dorothy," about an emerging lesbian (played by Brittany Murphy) who is discharged from the Navy after she's caught in an "alternative" bar.
"So that confirms it, he is a friend of Dorothy's."
You couldn't be a "friend of Dorothy" before Dorothy existed.
Somebody wasn't gay, he was "a friend of Dorothy." Happy souls would tell you he was "festive." Gloomier friends would describe him as being "in the life." Perhaps he "liked show tunes." Queenier types were solemnly described as "a member of the royal order of the lavender."