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Here Is Why I Use the Word 'Queer'

Jenny Block | Posted 05.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Jenny Block

That word has been used against us in the past. But you can't use a word against someone who already calls that word their own. So I claim it. I own. I use it, and I wear it. I am queer.

Is A Girls' Night Out 'Queer'?

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 12.09.2012 | Gay Voices
Malcolm Boyd

One of the worst words used against gays used to be "queer." Its not-hidden message ranged from contempt to rejection. Sometimes it announced "enemy." So I find it refreshing to discover that it's now being used in an accepting, even healing way.

The Joys Of Being Queer

Richard Lyon | Posted 08.21.2012 | Gay Voices
Richard Lyon

"Queer" is more than some kind of catch-all basket. When I am able to put aside my childhood memories, "queer," in the sense of being different and unusual, captures the way I feel about myself.

Trying To Queer Things Up A Little

David Groshoff | Posted 04.23.2012 | Gay Voices
David Groshoff

In nearly every one of my columns here, at least one reader has demonstrated a problem with my use of the word "queer." Sometimes multiple people have posted objections in the comments to the same article. So, please allow me to make a couple of points.