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IN HIGH SCHOOL IN BIRMINGHAM, MICHIGAN, WE BELIEVED
SOMEONE "QUEER" (HOMOSEXUAL) IF HE CROSSED HIS
LEGS AT THE KNEE (LEAVING NO GAP BETWEEN HIS LEGS
IN HIS LAP), OR IF HIS LITTLE FINGER WAS HELD RIGID WHILE
HOLDING ONTO A CUP OF COFFEE, TEA, ETC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HIGH SCHOOL ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
SPEECH -- Homosexuality

Date learned: 12-00-1971

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EFFEMINATE GESTURE

TAKING YOUR LITTLE FINGER, WETTING IT AND SMOOTHING
YOUR EYEBROWS IS A FEMININE GESTURE--EVEN THOUGH IT
IS MAINLY DONE BY MEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Homosexuality

Date learned: 02-16-1970

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WET INDEX FINGER AND RUB IT OVER EYEBROW TO EXPRESS
THE IDEA OF AN EFFEMINATE MAN.

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INFORMANT ACTUALLY USES THIS GESTURE TO MEAN
EFFEMINANCY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Homosexuality

Date learned: 02-15-1970

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