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The Rumor* Of: “Friend of Dorothy”

Friend(s) of Dorothy (FOD) was a slang term used within the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual community of the 1950’s. 
Judy Garland was one of the first celebrities to embrace her gay fans and the Wizard of Oz was viewed as a “gay” fairy tale for many queer Americans at the time. The Stonewall Riots also occurred immediately after Judy Garland’s passing while many people were in mourning. Some claim that police brutality, homophobia and Garland’s death were all triggers for fighting back the night of the riots. 
The phrase was often used as the password to enter gay establishments.

*Friend of Dorothy may have roots as “Friend of Dorothy Parker” before becoming a slang term for the L. Frank Baum character.

LGBTQ* Phrases You Should Know

The Rumor* Of: “Friend of Dorothy”


Friend(s) of Dorothy (FOD) was a slang term used within the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual community of the 1950’s.

Judy Garland was one of the first celebrities to embrace her gay fans and the Wizard of Oz was viewed as a “gay” fairy tale for many queer Americans at the time. The Stonewall Riots also occurred immediately after Judy Garland’s passing while many people were in mourning. Some claim that police brutality, homophobia and Garland’s death were all triggers for fighting back the night of the riots. 

The phrase was often used as the password to enter gay establishments.


*Friend of Dorothy may have roots as “Friend of Dorothy Parker” before becoming a slang term for the L. Frank Baum character.