While queer used to be an insult towards those who were gender atypical in their appearance, roles, or desires, it has been reclaimed by these same communities as an identity label and politics that rejects the idea that gender is only two rigid poles (feminine and masculine) and that sexuality is only heterosexual.  Because queer is both an identity label and a political/theoretical view of the world, queer people may also identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming, gender fluid, asexual, etc. See our LGBTQ+ Lives and Issues overview.

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