In the classic movie The Shawshank Redemption, Red says, "Bull queers take by force." What does it mean, and is it an idiom or phrase?

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Red: No? Wait a while. Word gets around. The Sisters have taken quite a likin' to you, especially Bogs.
Andy: I don't suppose it would help any if I explained to them I'm not homosexual.
Red: Neither are they. You have to be human first. They don't qualify. Bull queers take by force. That's all they want or understand. If I were you, I'd grow eyes in the back of my head.

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It is not an idiom. In this context "queer" is slang for a homosexual. A "bull queer" would be a male homosexual who plays only the male role in homosexual encounters and, moreover, implies that the person is aggressive. The phrase refers to groups of prisoners who rape other prisoners.

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