What does FOD stand for?

Friend of Dorothy

FOD is a slang term that stands for “Friend of Dorothy”. This phrase is used as a code within the LGBTQ community to identify oneself as a member. It’s a common term used in online chats and text messages, not only by LGBTQ individuals, but also by heterosexuals when they want to discreetly refer to a gay man.

The term came into existence during the mid-1900s, when being openly gay was met with severe discrimination. So, the LGBTQ community had to come up with a secret way to identify each other and safe spaces where they could meet and feel accepted. Hence, the term “Friend of Dorothy” was born.

There are differing opinions on the origins of the term. Some suggest that the “Dorothy” in question is Dorothy Parker, a famous writer and poet from New York, who had many gay friends during the 1920s and 1930s. However, others believe that “Dorothy” refers to the beloved character from The Wizard of Oz. This character, who made friends with individuals considered to be outcasts, resonated with many in the LGBTQ community. Additionally, Judy Garland, who portrayed “Dorothy”, is a celebrated icon in the gay community.

Example for using ‘FOD’ in a conversation

Hey, have you heard of FOD?

Yeah, it stands for “Friend of Dorothy.”

Oh, what does that mean?

It’s a term used by the LGBTQ community to refer to someone who identifies as LGBTQ.