The word “Queer” is an umbrella term for persons who are not primarily heterosexual and monogamous. So, it includes gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender persons, and many others.
One special way that the term queer may be used is to describe sexual orientation instead of the term bisexual because there are more than two genders.
Another special use of the term queer is to refer to someone who is not heterosexual without having to be more specific.
The term queer was previously used as a slur. In the past, it was used to describe effeminate men.
The term is now used with defiant pride by many of those to whom it refers. Such use began in the 1980s. But, some persons who may be considered queer, especially older gay men (according to Merriam-Webster.com) still view it as a slur.
The use of the term queer by someone who is not queer is frequently considered offensive. So, if you are not queer, don’t refer to someone else as queer.
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