Queer is an identifier for individuals and/or the community of people who are not cisgender and heterosexual. It can be used instead of, or in addition to, other identifiers of sexual orientation, romantic orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The "Q" in LGBTQIA+ and similar acronyms commonly means Queer. As a reclaimed word, it has been used in fights for LGBTQ+ rights and liberation, as an inclusive and sometimes defiant term. Originating in the Gaelic language in the 1500s, queer originally meant strange, odd, peculiar or eccentric. In 1781, it grew to mean appearing, feeling, or behaving otherwise than is usual. It began to be associated with homosexuality in 1922 as an adjective, and a noun in 1935. It was typically used as a pejorative term in reference to feminine men or men who engaged in same-sex relationships. The word has been used as a slur against LGBTQ+ people, although it has since been reclaimed by queer people, acceptance of the term is not universal. An early example of its usage by the LGBTQ+ community was by an organization called Queer Nation, which was formed in early 1990. In June 1990, a leaflet was distributed by Queer Nation at a pride march in New York, it was signed anonymously as having been written by Queers. There was a change in it's perception within the LGBTQ+ community in the early 2000s as queer identity was often associated with a radical political stance, particularly because it was reclaimed by queer individuals who had multiple minority labels (such as disabled etc) whose mere existence challenged the social norms.
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