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“I wish I hadn’t cried so much!” said Alice, as she swam about, trying to find her way out. “I shall be punished for it now, I suppose, by being drowned in my own tears! That will be a queer thing, to be sure! However, everything is queer to-day.”
1877, Ulysses S. Grant, The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: November 1, 1876-September 30, 1878, page 252:
One thing has struck me as a bit queer. During my two terms of office the whole Democratic press, and the morbidly honest and 'reformatory' portion of the Republican press, thought it horrible to keep U.S. troops stationed in the Southern States, and when they were called upon to protect the lives of negroes–as much citizens under the Constitution as if their skins were white–the country was scarcely large enough to hold the sound of indignation belched forth by them for some years. Now, however, there is no hesitation about exhausting the whole power of the government to suppress a strike on the slightest intimation that danger threatens.
It looked queer to me to see boxes labeled "His Excellency, Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America." The packages so labeled contained Bass ale or Cognac brandy, which cost "His Excellency" less than we Yankees had to pay for it. Think of the President drinking imported liquors while his soldiers were living on pop-corn and water!
Of all the queer collections of humans outside of a crazy asylum, it seemed to me this sanitarium was the cup winner. […] When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose.
Of all the queer collections of humans outside of a crazy asylum, it seemed to me this sanitarium was the cup winner. … When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose.
1951, C. S. Lewis, Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia:
"Well, I'm—I'm jiggered," said Peter, and his voice also sounded queer.
1999, Judith Butler, Gender Trouble, Routledge, published 2002, preface to 1999 edition:
If gender is no longer to be understood as consolidated through normative sexuality, then is there a crisis of gender that is specific to queer contexts?
2022, Marisol Cortez, “Ambivalent Anality: Revisiting the Queer Ecology of the "Jackass Moment"”, in Media+Environment:
Historically, this has meant that queer sexuality—defined here not literally or only as same-gender desire but as "the sex of others," meaning any sexuality outside the bounds of the reproductive, white, and genitally oriented—is often positioned against and even as toxic to "nature".
Queer, in the sense of "gay" or "non-heterosexual", has gone in and out of use as a pejorative and as a self-identifier a number of times: it began to be used to describe gay people in the late 1800s (e.g. in an 1894 letter by John Douglas, 9th Marquess of Queensberry), and became more widespread in the US and became used as a self-identifier by American gay men by the 1910s, continuing into the 1950s, though by the 1940s younger ones considered it pejorative and preferred gay, which had been in use since the 1930s, and had come by the 1950s to encompass the whole LGBT community.Queer began to be reclaimed as a neutral or positive descriptor by the 1980s, at first most prominently by those who wanted to distinguish themselves from gay-identified people they felt had become too conservative and assimilationist. Some other people oppose the term as being still pejorative, or too radical, too informal, or too technical. The pejorative applied mainly to those assigned male at birth who were perceived as homosexual or effeminate; the reclaimed term is used by people of any sex or gender. Sometimes, the word refers only to nonheterosexual people and sexuality (and thus, speakers may contrast e.g. "queer trans women" with "straight trans women"), while at other times the word includes noncisgender people and is analogous to LGBT. (Compare genderqueer.)
The word queer is still in regular, everyday use in Ireland, Northern England and Scotland in its original meaning of "strange", "weird" or "bad". Elsewhere (including other parts of the British Isles), however, this usage has almost completely disappeared and is now likely to be misunderstood by those unaware of it. If used in a modern setting, it may even be seen as callous to LGBTQIA+ people.
1894 November 1, John Douglas, 9th Marquess of Queensberry, “[Letter from Queensbury to Alfred Montgomery, 1 Nov 1894, in the aftermath of the trial of Oscar Wilde]”, in Michael S. Foldy, editor, The Trials of Oscar Wilde: Deviance, Morality, and Late-Victorian Society, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, published 1997, page 22:
Now that the first flush of this catastrophe and grief is passed, I write to tell you that it is a judgement on the whole lot of you. Montgomerys, The Snob Queers like [the Earl of] Rosebery & certainly Christian hypocrite [William Ewart] Gladstone [...]
1914 November, Eugene Fisher, “Transmittal to the Sacramento Bee [a.k.a Shakespeare Transmittal]”, in Sharon R. Ullman, editor, Sex Seen: The Emergence of Modern Sexuality in America, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, published 1998, →ISBN, page 64:
[...] fourteen young men were invited [...] with the premise that they would have the opportunity of meeting some of the prominent 'queers,' [...] and the further attraction that some 'chickens' as the new recruits in the vice are called, would be available.
Any blow against the queer is really a blow struck against a part of ourselves which we cannot accept or understand. I think in every case it would be correct to say that someone with a strong hostility toward homosexuals has a latent homosexual drive equal to the hostility.
1887, G. W. Appelton, chapter II, in A Terrible Legacy: A Tale of the South Downs, London: Ward and Downey, page 12:
"But lor-a-mussy, Jacob, how could a woman get away from here with all her boxes in the middle of the night?" "That's what queered me," and Spink slowly shook his head, "and queered a good many; for of course it got newsed about […]"
1894, Ivan Dexter, Talmud; A Strange Narrative of Central Australia, published in serial form in Port Adelaide News and Lefevre's Peninsula Advertiser (SA), Chapter V, :
2003, Marcella Althaus-Reid, The Queer God, page 9:
If I go, for instance, to the history of the church in Latin America, and decide to queer the history of the Jesuitic Missions, I may find that, in many ways, the missions were more sexual than Christian.
↑ 1.01.1Chauncey, George (1995) Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940, Basic Books, →ISBN, pages 13–16 J. L. Mey, Concise Encyclopedia of Pragmatics (2009, →ISBN), page 821
^ Foldy, Michael S. (1997) The Trials of Oscar Wilde: Deviance, Morality, and Late-Victorian Society, Yale University Press, →ISBN, pages 22–23
^ Robb, Graham (2005) Strangers: Homosexual Love in the Nineteenth Century, W. W. Norton & Company, →ISBN, pages 262
^ Morgan Lev Edward Holleb, The A-Z of Gender and Sexuality: From Ace to Ze (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2019, →ISBN), page 140: "It's allegedly for gay men, but it includes bisexual and bicurious men, straight men, straight trans women, queer trans women, and non-binary people ". See also other citations.
^ Jodi O'Brien, Encyclopedia of Gender and Society, volume 1 (2009 ): "Queer is often used as an umbrella term to denote sexual identity within a particular community a queer community may be made up of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and so on." Sarah Prager, Queer, There, and Everywhere (2017): "'queer' means anyone not totally straight or not totally cisgender".
2019, metamorphosen 23 – Queer: Magazin für Literatur und Kultur, metamorphosen im Verbrecher Verlag, →ISBN, page 5:
Die nachvollziehbare Gegenwehr macht queer zu einer immer verbisseneren Chiffre für eine vermeintlich klar abgegrenzte Identität: anti-rassistisch, anti-kapitalistisch, radikal. QUEER IST UTOPISTISCH. Bin ich queer genug?
The understandable resistance makes queer an increasingly dogged cipher for a supposedly clearly delimited identity: anti-racist, anti-capitalist, radical. QUEER IS UTOPIAN. Am I queer enough?
2023 January 26, Stefan Hunglinger, “Warum dieses Jahr queere NS-Opfer im Mittelpunkt stehen”, in Der Spiegel, →ISSN:
Bundestagspräsidentin Bärbel Bas will bei der Holocaust-Gedenkstunde an diesem Freitag insbesondere an die queeren Opfer der Nazis erinnern. Ist das historisch korrekt?