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An umbrella term for a range of people who are not heterosexual and/or cisgender. Queer has been historically used as a slur. Some people have reclaimed it as affirming, while others still consider it derogatory. Some people feel that terms like lesbian, gay, and bisexual are too limiting or carry cultural connotations they feel don’t apply to them, so they use the word queer to describe their sexual orientation. Some people use queer, or genderqueer, to describe their gender identity and/or gender expression. See also: Nonbinary, Genderqueer.

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