Rights Office: Sexual and Gender Diversity
A Few Words About Queer
This term commonly refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and other people and institutions lying on the margins of mainstream culture. Historically "queer" has been used to denigrate sexual and gender minorities; however, many have reclaimed the term and use it as an expression of pride. Queer can be a convenient, inclusive term to describe the many groups under its umbrella; but because it is still used to demean, people who do not identify as queer, or queer allies, are urged to use the term with caution or not at all.
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