Many people will use terms such as “gay” and “queer” interchangeably; implying that the definitions are similar.
This is not the case.
There are different historical and contemporary definitions of both terms. The term “gay” was established in the English language near the 12th century but initially derive from Old French word called “gai”, which is stated to descend from German language. This word used to describe meanings of being bright, carefree and joyful. On the other hand, “queer” found its presence in the English language throughout the 16th century. This term is associated with the German word “quer” which meant odd or weird. In modern times, both terms are used in homosexual context. It gets a bit tricky to differentiate between the two at times.
Gay is used in reference to an individual being attracted to the same sex. For example, a male is sexually attracted to another male while a female is sexually attracted to another female. Conversely, queer is an umbrella term used for describing sexual and gender minorities that do not have a label or category for them in the LGBTQ2 community. For example, an individual that identifies as a lesbian and transgender. Queer is also used by individuals that do not want to disclose their sexual preference or gender. Instead of identifying as a lesbian, they classify themselves under the umbrella term “queer” leaving space for ambiguity and minimizing potential targeted discrimination from the public.
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