When I titled this collection “Queer” words, I meant it in both senses of the term: these are words used in Queer communities, and in many cases they are words that are odd or bent in some way. Several remain venomous epithets, while simultaneously serving as fiercely chosen terms of pride. As they become the latter, their power to function as slurs diminishes: in this sense they have, quite literally, been bent to serve our purposes.
Our Queer slang is a record of creative resistance. Each term in some way carries the traces of our collective struggles. They are, in that sense, the flowers of our resistance. So consider this collection a bouquet – to our fabulousness.
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