a friend of Dorothy

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.
See also: friend, of

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.
See also: friend, of
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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."