Date: Fri, 3 Jan 1997 10:40:13 -0500
From: Mark Mandel Mark[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]DRAGONSYS.COM
Subject: the use of "Queer" -Reply
Ron Butters writes:
Here is a response to your question about the use of the term
I use the word "queer" these days a lot, as a cover term encompassing
'gay, bisexual, lesbian, transgendered, transsexual'.
I didn't see the original that this was a reply to.
I wouldn't feel comfortable at all using the word "queer". I learned
it, in the 50s, as a derogatory word, parallel to "spic", "kike", and
"nigger". I know that many homosexual (etc.) people use the word now,
but as a non-member of the group(s) referred to I feel very intensely
that coming from me it would be heard as insulting, just as the
(affectionate?) use of "nigger" by some Black people among themselves
doesn't license me, a white person, to use it.
In fact, I was startled by the beginning of Ron's response, until I
inferred that he identifies himself as "queer".
Mark A. Mandel : mark[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]dragonsys.com
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