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What is "queer?"



 Queer: An umbrella term that can refer to anyone who transgresses society's view of gender or sexuality. The definitional indeterminacy of the word Queer, its elasticity, is one of its constituent characteristics: "A zone of possibilities". It has gained some acceptance as an inclusive term, but one should be mindful of where they it, especially if they do not identify as queer. 

The letters in LGBTQIAP (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and Polyamorous) are not meant to be exhaustive, or to sort people into clearly defined categories. A person might just like to use these terms to describe themselves. They may use more than one or none of them. There are many variances; these identities are just part of who a person is. 
   
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Transgender PRIDE
   
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Transgender
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An umbrella term for people who transgress society's view of gender as necessarily fixed, unmoving, and following from one's biological sex. Transgender can include people who are transsexual, cross-dressing, drag kings/queens, typically-masculine women, typically-feminine men, and those who defy what society tells them is appropriate for their gender.
   
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Lesbian
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A woman who is attracted to other women; adjective describing such women.
   
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Gay
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A man who is attracted to other men; adjective describing such men. Also used for same-sex attraction between women.
   
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Bi-sexual PRIDE
   
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Bisexual
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An adjective used to describe someone who is attracted to both men and women.
   
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Intersex
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(n): A person who is biologically intermidiate between male and female. (a). - "True hermaphrodite" - a person with both ovarian and testicular tissue, i.e. a person with ambiguous gonads. (b) "Pseudo-hermaphrodite" - a person with two ovaries or two testes, but ambiguous genitals. The term "Intersexual" is now commonly preferred
   
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These definitions are in no way permanent and/or definite. As the English language changes and transitions, so do the definitions of these terms.

Term definitions were taken from several places including Arizona State University - Intergroup Relations Center, www.lesbian.com, The National Conference for Community and Justice, and more.

*Information provided by Victor Santa