The Evolution of Queer

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Something queer is happening to the word “queer.”

Originally a synonym for “odd” or “unusual,” the word evolved into an anti-gay insult in the last century, only to be reclaimed by defiant gay and lesbian activists who chanted: “We’re here; we’re queer; get used to it.”

Now “queer” is sneaking into the mainstream — and taking on a hipster edge as a way to describe any sexual orientation beyond straight.

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