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Boi is a deliberate misspelling of boy, and is often used as a synonym for male when referring to young adults. 'Boi' may refer to a boyish and relatively young gay male, especially one who is somewhat effeminate, or who merely wishes to distinguish himself with a different term from heterosexual boys.

It may also refer to a female-born or female-bodied person -- sometimes transsexual, transgendered, or intersexed, sometimes not -- who generally does not identify wholly or at all as being feminine, female, a girl, or a woman, though some bois identify as one or more of these. Bois almost always identify as lesbians, dykes, or queers; many are also genderqueer or genderfucked. Bois can prefer a range of pronouns, including 'he,' 'she,' or gender-neutral pronouns; it's usually best to ask to avoid offence.

Some trans men identify as bois, but others object to being called 'boi,' preferring to simply be called 'boy,' 'man,' or 'trans man.' As with pronouns, the best way to avoid using the wrong word is to ask. Some butch lesbians also identify as bois, and some people use the word 'boi' to refer to a young butch. In some BDSM communities, 'boi' is used as a term for a submissive and/or bottom butch.

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