Use of the word Queer
Queer is any identity beyond the traditional assumptions of the gender binary and heteronormativity. This is including but not limited to: queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, pansexual, demisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning, gender fluid/nonbinary/neutral/flexible/nonconforming/expansive, and other evolving identities.
Although we acknowledge the historical oppressive and pejorative nature of the word “queer,” we also strongly believe in its power around which we may rally to reclaim the beauty of the term. Queerness is inclusive of all those who have felt “othered” by dominant heteronormative expectations, and it seeks to create a space in which individuality is celebrated. Queerness is fluid, dynamic, and includes a myriad of identities, all of which are valued and celebrated.
Some have felt hurt and/or offended by this Society's choice to use the term Queer in our name. We invite you to share your reactions, concerns, questions, or support. We intend to post these ideas on this webpage in the future to facilitate a conversation and deepen understanding in our community.