Webster’s Dictionary of the English Language, 1828
The Century Dictionary, an Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language, 1895QUEER, adjective
Odd; singular; hence, whimsical.
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English, 1919queer
1. Appearing, behaving, or feeling otherwise than is usual or normal; odd; singular; droll; whimsical; quaint.
2. Open to suspicion; doubtful in point of honesty.
3. Counterfeit; worthless. [Slang.]
4. Having a sensation of sudden or impending illness; sick or languid.
Queer Street, an imaginary place, where persons in financial or other difficulties, and flighty, uncertain, and "shady" characters 'generally, are feigned to live. [Slang]
Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster,queer, a. , & v. t. (slang).
Strange, odd, eccentric; of questionable character, shady, suspect; out of sorts, giddy, faint, (esp. feel q.) ; (slang) drunk ; in Q. street (slang), in a difficulty, in debt or trouble or disrepute ; hence queer'iSH1 a., queer'LY2 adv., queer'NESS n. (Vb) spoil, put out of order, (esp. q. the pitch for one, spoil his chance beforehand by secret dealings); make feel q.
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/queer. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.
“Queers Read This”, anonymous flier circulated by Queer Nation at New York Gay Pride Parade in June 1990Definition of queer
1a : differing in some way from what is usual or normal : odd, strange, weird
1b : eccentric, unconventional
2 sometimes disparaging + offensive,
2a : of, relating to, or characterized by sexual or romantic attraction to members of one's own sex :
2b : of, relating to, or characterized by sexual or romantic attraction that is not limited to people of a particular gender identity or sexual orientation
2c : of, relating to, or being a person whose sexual orientation is not heterosexual and/or whose gender identity is not cisgender
2d : of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity cannot be categorized as solely male or female : genderqueer, non-binary
2e : of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity differs from the sex the person had or was identified as having at birth : see also queer studies, queer theory
3 chiefly British, old-fashioned
3a : questionable, suspicious
3b : sick, unwell
sometimes disparaging + offensive,: a queer person: such as
a : a person who is gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, or otherwise not heterosexual …
b : a person whose gender identity is nonbinary or differs from the sex they had or were identified as having at birth : a genderqueer or transgender person : a person who is not cisgender
1a : to consider or interpret (something) from a perspective that rejects traditional categories of gender and sexuality : to apply ideas from queer theory to (something)
1b : to make or modify (something) in a way that reflects one's rejection of gender and sexuality norms
2a : to spoil the effect or success of (something)
2b : to put or get (someone or something) into an embarrassing or disadvantageous situation
LGBTQ Communities article –“Ah, do we really have to use that word? It's trouble. Every gay person has his or her own take on it. For some it means strange and eccentric and kind of mysterious [...] And for others "queer" conjures up those awful memories of adolescent suffering [...] Well, yes, "gay" is great. It has its place. But when a lot of lesbians and gay men wake up in the morning we feel angry and disgusted, not gay. So we've chosen to call ourselves queer. Using "queer" is a way of reminding us how we are perceived by the rest of the world.”
“Queer is anything that exists outside of the dominant narrative”
Soooo…"People use the term queer because it's not specific to sexual orientation or to gender identity but is more of an umbrella term that can encompass a lot of people."
It is understandable why a lot of fuss is being made about H. R. 5, a bill that was passed by 117th House and is now in the Senate, with its stated goal being:
Especially pay attention to SEC. 2:“To prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and for other purposes.”
This seems to be the most bothersome part of the bill, in that the “Q” for “Queer” is added to the LGBT, (not there in previous Equality Act bill) making “Queers” a PROTECTED CLASS without defining what exactly a “Queer” is. If we use the long standing and common meaning of the word, it could be pretty much anybody with atypical sexual interests, perhaps fitting any of the 547 paraphilias listed in Anil Aggrawal’s 2008 book on sexual pathologies.“Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (referred to as “LGBTQ”) people commonly experience discrimination in securing access to public accommodations—including restaurants, senior centers, stores, places of or establishments that provide entertainment, health care facilities, shelters, government offices, youth service providers including adoption and foster care providers, and transportation. Forms of discrimination include the exclusion and denial of entry, unequal or unfair treatment, harassment, and violence. This discrimination prevents the full participation of LGBTQ people in society and disrupts the free flow of commerce.”
So in addition to “normalizing” “queer” behavior along with homosexual and tranny behavior, businesses will be considered DISCRIMINATORY if business owners don’t think the queers are the best choices. Pedophiles (erotic interest in prepubescent children) and infantophiles (erotic interest in children less than five years old) can’t be turned down for positions in schools, daycare centers, or foster care. Gerontophiles (erotic interest in elderly people) must be hired for senior care facilities. Etc. All they say is “I’m queer, and you can’t discriminate against me.”
Of course the proponents of the bill will say, “You silly, hateful people! The bill defines Sexual Orientation: ‘The term ‘sexual orientation’ means homosexuality, heterosexuality, or bisexuality.’ It doesn’t list pedophiles, infantophiles, or gerontophiles!” But these atypical behaviors would still fall under the definition of “sexual orientation” as they involve same-sex, opposite-sex, and/or both-sex erotic interests.
Corporations' silent partner is becoming less and less silent, eh?