Why do you use the word "queer?" Isn't that offensive?
While “queer” was originally used as a derogatory word for people who might identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Two-Spirit, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQ2SIA+), LGBTQ2SIA+ communities and grassroots movements reclaimed "queer" in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The reclaiming of the word "queer" is meant to disrupt simple identity categories and challenge ideas of "normal." In grassroots movements, it's used in a number of ways:
As an "umbrella" term for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender people “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Two-Spirit, Intersex, Asexual” (LGBTQ2SIA+) people.
As a political term for that works to resist notions of "the normal," and instead point out how identities are fluid and complex.
In academia, "queer" emerged through these grassroots movements as a concept that questions ideas of "the normal" and analyzes the ways in which power functions through creating "normal" "Queer Studies" and "Queer Studies" and "Queer Theory" are the names of academic disciplines and fields of study and were established through programs, scholarship, arts, and activism since the early 1990s.
For more information, contact Head Academic Advisor Heather Arbuckle.