What does it mean to be Queer?
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Queer can mean many different things. It can mean that you are questioning your gender identity or sexual orientation, or it can simply be used as a broad term for someone who is LGBTQ that may not particularly identify as anything specific. Many people who are unsure of their sexuality or gender identity use the term queer, as well as people who may not want to identify with a more specific term, like someone who does not want to be labeled. It can also be used for people who have a rare or misunderstood orientation or identity, and simply use that term because it is more understood than say, genderfluid biromantic demisexual.
The short answer is that "queer" is an umbrella term used to describe anyone who isn't exclusively straight/ heterosexual. For example, if I were talking about a group of women, two of which identified as lesbians, and one who identified as bisexual, I might say they're queer women. Just calling them lesbians leaves out the bisexual, so the term "queer" encompasses all their identities. Queer can also be used to encompass the entire LGBTQ+ community (ex. "queer people"). That said, however, some LGBTQ+ people aren't comfortable with the word, as it has historically been a slur used against not-straight/ gender nonconforming people. Others are completely okay with it and are trying to reclaim the word. Others still use it to identify themselves because they're unsure of their specific identity or don't like specific labels.
A term which refers to individuals or groups who “queer” or problematize the hegemonic notions of sex, gender and desire in a given society. Genderqueer people possess identities which fall outside of the widely accepted sexual binary (i.e. "men" and "women"). Genderqueer may also refer to people who identify as both transgendered AND queer, i.e. individuals who challenge both gender and sexuality regimes and see gender identity and sexual orientation as overlapping and interconnected.
Queer is not identifying yourself as neither male nor female. Generally people use they/them pronouns instead of the "normal" him/her.
If you look up the definition of queer, it says, (and I quote) "a homosexual man." So it is a man, or somebody who identifies as a man, that is gay, or likes the same sex.
Queer is a term used to explain anyone who isn't heterosexual or cisgender. People questioning their sexuality or gender may call themselves queer because they do not know what to "call" themselves yet.
The word "Queer" is usually a very derogatory term that people use to describe somebody who likes the same sex. It's usually used in a disrespectful or hateful tone when spoken. It's an insult used towards mostly gay men but it can be used towards women as well.
It means you are not in line to what some conservative folks see as normal but seeing as how progressives are starting to get courage in promoting anti-sexism campaigns, this will soon be one of the norms
In today's society the word Queer means to be in the LGBT+ community. It is mostly used against gay men or lesbian women.
The term 'Queer' is another word for gay or homosexual. This is when a male is attracted to males and a female is attracted to females. Homosexuals are a part of the LGBT+ community, where the 'L' stands for lesbians (female attracted to females) and the 'G' stands for gays (male attracted to males). Queer could also be used for the 'B' in LGBT+ which stands for bisexual which is an individual who is attracted to both the same and opposite sex.
Queer can have many different definitions, depending on the person. Some people do not like the term Queer because for many years it was used as an insult for someone in the LGBT community but in recent years it has been reclaimed. It can mean being weird, different, or special. But in the end it is up to interpretation. What does it mean to you?
Queer is an offensive way of calling someone homosexual and is generally used to upset people who may or may not be gay.
As a pansexual transboy, I'd say being Queer is something we all as the LGBTQ+ community identify with differently. To me it means non conforming to the gender binary, or heteronormativity. Queer is often used as an umbrella term for everyone in the LGBTQ+ community.
What it means to be Queer differs from person to person. Generally being Queer means to not identify as being heterosexual, heteromantic and. Remember, not everyone likes the term queer, so don't use it to refer to someone if you don't have their consent or if they aren't comfortable with it.
To be queer is to identify as something other than heterosexual, cisgender. Being intersex and being confused about your sexuality and gender also counts.
Being queer is understanding that my sexuality is fluid. I am not straight but I don't want to label my sexuality.
If you're queer, you're not straight. Anybody who is questioning, bi, pan, aro, ace, poly, gay, demi, or has a fluctuating sexuality is considered queer. Something to note is that queer is a slur, and though it's been reclaimed by those who are in the LGBTQA+ community, it's still a personal choice as to whether or not you use the term. If you identify as genderqueer, you do not identify as cisgender.
It's a term used for those who aren't heterosexual or cisgender. It's originally meaning "Strange" or "Peculiar"
To be queer is to be part of the lbgt community. It's basically like if you don't want to label yourself, a lesbian or bisexual or something. You can just call yourself queer. Basically- it means that you're not straight.
Being Queer just means that somebody does not identify as either straight (heterosexual or exclusively being attracted to people of a gender other than their own) or cisgendered (meaning that they identify as the same gender they were assigned at birth, usually by a doctor) or both. Queer is an umbrella term and many identities fall under it but some use it to describe their gender or sexuality not in an umbrella term way but just as the label they feel most comfortable with!
The literal definition of the word Queer is odd, however the slang definition can be used to describe someone who is homosexual.
Inclined to be attracted to people of the same sex. This doesn't always mean gay. Bi, pan, demi sexual etc...
Being queer is just another word for bisexual. And bisexual means that you're attracted to all genders.
Being queer is usually defined as any identity that is either non heterosexual (bi, pan, homosexual, asexual etc) or not as cis ( trans, non binary etc)
Queer is generally defined as having any sexuality/gender difference from being straight or cisgender. This can include even questioning your sexuality
There are different types of queer. It can be a term used for someone who is gay, or it can be used to describe gender. In the case it is used to describe gender, it is most commonly used as an umbrella term. This means that they're probably unsure where they lie on the gender spectrum (only that they're not male or female) or that they don't feel a need to place a precise label on themselves.
To be queer it just means you identify as either not cisgender, not heterosexual, and/or not heteroromantic
It means that you are free to express yourself as out of the ordinary. But as the saying goes 'there's nowt as queer as folk' it also means that you are unique, just like everyone else. :)
To me, it means having a special capability to love someone despite their gender. Or depending on where you fall on the spectrum, not loving anyone at all or specific people or this or that. The beauty of it all is that theres such a wide spectrum.
Being queer can mean different things to different people. For me, I use it as an umbrella term for nonheterosexual identities. Others, though, consider is a way to label themselves and it is a term of empowerment to claim "queer" as who they are.
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