for being gay
. Back in the day
) Are you a friend of Dorothy?
was a code
phrase that closet
s could safely use to identify each other while in the company of heterosexual
The most obvious explanation for Dorothy's identity would be Judy Garland's character in The Wizard of Oz. Garland was during her lifetime, and still is, an icon of the gay community, The Wizard of Oz being a particular favorite. Plus, as everyone knows, the Cowardly Lion is totally gay.
Dorothy Parker, a gay icon of a lesser stature, is another possibility.