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lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (one's sexual identity)

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer (or questioning).

新しい動きのようでUSA Todayも解説記事を書いてくれていました。オックスフォードの辞書と同じくqはqueerもしくはquestioningとしています。

What does the Q in LGBTQ stand for?
USA TODAY NETWORK Lori Grisham, USA TODAY Network 12:45 p.m. EDT July 22, 2016

June is LGBT pride month, an annual anti-discrimination effort made official last year with a proclamation from President Obama.

LGBT -- meaning lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender -- is a widely accepted initialism. However, a fifth letter is increasingly making its way into the line-up: Q.

USA TODAY Network talked with experts and individuals in the gay community about what the Q means, why it's used and who is saying it.

What does the 'Q' stand for?
Q can mean either 'questioning' or 'queer,' Fred Sainz, a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, an organization that lobbies for LGBT rights, told USA TODAY Network. Either interpretation is accepted, he said.


Reclaiming 'queer'
"For decades (queer) was used as a pejorative against LGBT people," Sainz said. It was demeaning and often accompanied by violence.
But in recent years the LGBT community, particularly younger people, have reclaimed the word, Sainz said.
"It's a badge of honor. It's taking back a word that was once used as a weapon against us," he said. "You find the term completely commonplace in junior and senior high school and in college where individuals identify as queer."


(一般には侮辱的な言葉とされるが, 同性愛者の間ではgayやhomosexualの代わりに肯定的な意味で積極的に用いられる)

ただ一般的には侮辱的とされるので記事でも使うときは、自らが名乗っているとしている場合に限った方がいいとアドバイスしています。具体的には第三者のJaneを語る場合にJane is a queer.とするのではなく' Jane identifies as queer.とした方がいいそうです。

When to use 'queer'

Because queer is still considered offensive by some people in the LGBT community, it's generally recommended that people avoid using it other than in situations where a person self-identifies as queer.

"Use the same term to identify them that they would use to identify themselves," Murray said. "We want to focus on the person. If we're telling a story, it's not about just 'Jane is a queer.' It's 'Jane identifies as queer.'"


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