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Although the umbrella term falls under LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer), it’s sometimes even misunderstood within these communities.
At the turn of the 19th century, “queer” was used to describe something “odd” and also came to be understood as a negative term for those who engaged in same-sex relationships.
While, in 2019, it seemed to me and my direct group of friends and peers that queerness was a pretty widely accepted and understood term, as I started to dig a little deeper, it became obvious that many people are still uncomfortable with or don’t understand what being queer means.When I started to disclose on my dating profile that I was queer, then matched with men, I was often met with questions about the meaning of the word “queer,” accusations, and even some astonishment.Men would either ask me to explain what the term meant, incorrectly assume they knew exactly what it meant, or completely misidentify me.It is important to be open to the way people choose to identify, and in the process to be respectful of the labels and terms people use. Identity politics — the ways in which specific ideas and interests surrounding a particular group are formed — are a vital part of the queer experience and the LGBTQ community.
This also includes the way that people’s politics are shaped through their own identity and the communities they are part of.Regardless of how someone identifies, they should not feel as if they have to compromise on their expectations for a relationship.