Chloe O. Davis and Gabrielle Inés for QUEEN'S ENGLISH

Loyalty is super psyched to welcome Chloe O. Davis in conversation with Gabrielle Inés for Queen's English: The LGBTQIA+ Dictionary of Lingo and Colloquial Phrases!! This event will be held digitally via Crowdcast. Click here to register for the event with a donation of any amount of your choice or you can order the book below to be added to the event's registration list. Donations will go to BLM DC. There will also be an option to snag the book during the event.


A landmark reference guide to the LGBTQIA+ community's contributions to the English language--an intersectional, inclusive, playfully illustrated glossary featuring more than 800 terms and fabulous phrases created by and for queer culture.

Do you know where "yaaaas queen!" comes from? Do you know the difference between a bear and a wolf? Do you know what all the letters in LGBTQIA+ stand for?

The Queens' English is a comprehensive guide to modern gay slang, queer theory terms, and playful colloquialisms that define and celebrate LGBTQIA+ culture. This modern dictionary provides an in-depth look at queer language, from terms influenced by celebrated lesbian poet Sappho and from New York's underground queer ball culture in the 1980s to today's celebration of RuPaul's Drag Race.

The glossary of terms is supported by full-color illustrations and photography throughout, as well as real-life usage examples for those who don't quite know how to use "kiki," "polysexual," or "transmasculine" in a sentence. A series of educational lessons highlight key people and events that shaped queer language; readers will learn the linguistic importance of pronouns, gender identity, Stonewall, the Harlem Renaissance, and more.

For every queen in your life--the men, women, gender non-conforming femmes, butches, daddies, and zaddies--The Queens' English is at once an education and a celebration of queer history, identity, and the limitless imagination of the LGBTQIA+ community.


Chloe O. Davis is a proud Black bisexual woman and debut author who works in the entertainment industry in New York. A graduate of Hampton University and Temple University, she has centered her creative platform on amplifying the narratives of Black culture and heightening the awareness of the LGBTQIA+ community. Davis’s work as a dancer, actor, and creative has allowed her to travel to all fifty states and internationally where she spent fifteen years researching, writing and creating The Queens’ English, The LGBTQIA+ Dictionary of Lingo and Colloquial Phrases. Davis celebrates the etymological diversity of over eight hundred terms used to describe the collective gay and queer experience and believes The Queens’ English is a starting point for important conversations around inclusivity, sexuality, gender expression and identity.


Gabrielle Inés draws from her life story when writing and sharing about the experiences of Black Trans Women. Her most recent dive into activism and being a voice began as well as catapulted her into this role with her touching video regarding the violence against Black Trans Women and the lack of support received from the LQBTQIA+ community. She currently utilizes her voice to bring awareness to the violence and hardships of Black Trans Women like herself, as well as works with various brands and businesses offering diversity, equity, and inclusion education, with a focus on the Trans experience.

Please note Loyalty has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during this virtual event. 

Event date: 
Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 8:00pm
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The Queens' English: The LGBTQIA+ Dictionary of Lingo and Colloquial Phrases Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593135006
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarkson Potter - February 2nd, 2021