Why Do Gay People Call Themselves Queer? (Video.)

Expanding the LGBTQ Conversation
June 25 2014 10:00 AM

Ask a Homo: Reclaiming the Q Word

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Welcome back to “Ask a Homo,” Outward's no-judgment answer service for all your questions on LGBTQ politics, culture, etiquette, language, and other queer conundrums. This week June Thomas explains why some gay people have reclaimed words, like queer and dyke, that were long considered derogatory—and still are in many contexts.

If there are questions you’ve been dying to ask a member of the real rainbow coalition, this is your chance. Send your queries—for publication—to slateoutward@gmail.com, and please put “ASK A HOMO” in the subject line. Note that questions may be edited.

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June Thomas is a Slate culture critic and editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section.