Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: May 28, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963930 | Print ISBN: 9781412941655 | Online ISBN: 9781412963930| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Queer is often used as an umbrella term by and for persons who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersex, and/or transgender, or by and for individuals who use the term as an alternative to LGBTI (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transsexual-intersex) labels. Some individuals, depending upon their race, class, personal experience, and also their generation, find the term derogatory. Recently, heterosexuals whose gender or sexuality does not conform to popular expectations have used the term queer to define themselves. Thus, queer theory is a framework of ideas that suggests identities are not stable or deterministic, particularly regarding an individual's gender, sex, and/or sexuality. Queer theory focuses on critiquing Queer ...