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Tuesday, October 11, 2005
  5:38 PM — Orientation terms?

More than 1,000 Croatian gays and lesbians have had their names published in several of the country's newspapers in a bid for greater tolerance.

One thousand two hundred names appeared in the advert under a banner reading: "I don't want to hide any more."

The people named on the list identified themselves as either gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, queer or heterosexuals who support the campaign.


Can anyone clarify for me what "queer" means? I thought it was a derrogatory term meaning "homosexual," (i.e., either gay or lesbian) but from the context it seems to mean something else.

In my world (wherein, incidentally, I identify primarily as "queer") it's a sort of catch-all. It includes gay and bisexual as well as, for example, men who are primarily attracted to transgendered women, or bisexuals who are primarily attracted to other bisexuals, or non-monosexuals who don't believe in a binary gender system and thus don't like words like "bisexual". It's very very convenient for those of us who don't fit into little boxes.

Of course, I have no idea whether that's how it's used in Croatia.
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