Date: Thu, 29 Feb 1996 10:18:04 -0600 From: "Kathleen M. O'Neill" Subject: More on "queer" I thought you might find a different viewpoint interesting. Note that the final poster uses the phrase "lesbians and gay men". --Kathleen M. O'Neill ----Begin Forwarded Message---- >Date: Thu, 29 Feb 1996 00:23:03 -0500 >Subject: Re: Them hurtin words >To: Multiple recipients of list BIFEM-L > >At 10:32 PM 2/28/96, Emily wrote: >>> But then again.. most of the people I know here don't like that word... >>> and dont' use it. I do, though... >> >>I know lots of queers who hate that word. (In its proper context, I mean) >>Usually they are lesbians. In fact, I heard this argument a few weeks ago, >>I was at a meeting for organizing this year's Pride, and the word queer >>came up. THis woman said that she doesn't like that word because it makes >>lesbians invisible. I couldn't quite figure out what she meant, except >>that maybe she thought queer is thought to refer to males (?) If anyone >>else can help me here, I sure would appreciate it... > >I think that the term is used most often as a way to include bisexuals and >transgendered folk. We used to use "lesgay." Then, when I started up the >bisexu-l list (a predecessor of bifem-l, for those of you interested in >history :-)) we started using the term "lesbigay" or "lbg." Eventually, >people were willing to use "lbgt" but that was a real mouthful, and it >seemed that the more inclusive people wanted to be, the more willing the >they were to use the term "queer." It's just so much easier than saying >"lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgenderd and/or s&m folk." > >Most of the hostility towards it I see comes from lesbians and gay men who >really want the movement to be -their- movement and no one else's. > ----End Forwarded Message----