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Hi John, As a young queer

Hi John,

As a young queer man--who is certainly not a "theorising intellectual," I never even finished an undergraduate education--I have to disagree. While I can totally understand why the word would be alienating to people used to hearing it only in the negative sense before it was ever used as a positive self-identification, I think your association of this language with intellectualism is just not the reality, at least for younger people. The great majority of younger, not-straight people I know will use this word as a self-identification, and many of us greatly prefer it to words like "gay" or "bi" which, at best, are just not accurate descriptions for many people, and at worst have problematic implications about gender identities.

Language use changes over time and this is an example of that. This word is commonplace and widely accepted among younger people. That doesn't mean you have to use it if you're not comfortable with it, and it's understandable if you're not, but I do think it's important to recognize that this isn't just a term used by academics/intellectuals, it's a term chosen for thoughtful reasons and used by many of the most oppressed people in the LGBTQ community, including many poor and working class queer folks.


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