“Queer can mean many things.
It can be an umbrella term for any LGBTQ+ identities that aren’t straight or cisgender. It can be a way to show you’re politically minded in your sexuality or gender. It’s a field of study where academics explore how gender and sex are experienced. Queer can also be an individual identity that denotes fluidity. But for some, its roots as a slur are still what rings loudest.
While “queer” is growing more popular with Gen Z, there’s debate about whether this term should be used at all. And when LAist launched our new project, Queer LA, in early May, some of our readers shared their disagreement with our use of the word…”