adjective, queer·er, queer·est.
- Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive. (of a person) gay or lesbian.
- noting or relating to a sexual orientation or gender identity that falls outside the heterosexual mainstream or the gender binary: queer subcultures.
verb (used with object)
- a term used to refer to a person who is gay.
- a person whose sexual orientation or gender identity falls outside the heterosexual mainstream or the gender binary.
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Queer is also a term used by activists and academics: queer politics; scholars of queer literature. The term has more recently come to include any person whose sexuality or gender identity falls outside the heterosexual norm or the gender binary. A person identifying as queer can be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, genderqueer, gender-fluid, etc., and the use of queer allows for the expression of LGBTQ community membership without requiring any specific label.
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OTHER WORDS FROM queerqueer·ly, adverbqueer·ness, noun
Example sentences from the Web for queer
Whether or not you think Dean himself is queer, as many fans do, having Cas declare his love for Dean and never getting a response is a large plot thread for the show to leave dangling.Supernatural’s bonkers series finale marked the end of an era of fandom|Aja Romano|November 20, 2020|Vox
He disseminated a survey on the app, as well as on the queer dating app Her, from April to August.Global study finds pandemic exacerbates inequities for trans people|Kaela Roeder|November 20, 2020|Washington Blade
Gonzalez was the state’s first openly queer person of color to serve in the Vermont House.Trans, non-binary candidates make history in state legislative races|Parker Purifoy|November 18, 2020|Washington Blade
Queer or non-queer, if you value democracy, civil rights and health care, nothing’s as scary as the Supreme Court.
There have been other biographies of Grant, a queer icon, but Eyman’s is definitive.