The importance of queer as an identity (VIDEO).

Why Do Some People Need to Call Themselves “Queer”? (Video.)

Why Do Some People Need to Call Themselves “Queer”? (Video.)

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Expanding the LGBTQ Conversation
Oct. 16 2014 9:00 AM

Why We Need “Queer” 

Why don't other terms work?

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Despite its widespread use in classrooms, pride parades, and LGBTQ blogs like Outward, the term “queer” remains contentious for some—and confusing for many more. We’ve devoted two segments of “Ask A Homo” to clearing things up, but it’s important for those who actually identify as queer to explain why that term fits better than any other in their own words. This documentary short from filmmaker—and queer person—Ainara Tiefenthäler offers that perspective.  

Ainara K. Tiefenthäler is a freelance video producer and editor working with Slate.