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queer is a word that clarifies that im not straight and ties me to the larger queer community, but it doesnt categorize me as gay. but while many people both outside and within the lgbtq community are familiar with the terms lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, fewer people are familiar with what the term queer. queer challenges the assumed binary of sexual and gender identity. Many use the term as being synonymous with gay, but to me, that misses its meaning. Queer is about non-normativity, creativity, and diversity far beyond homonormative culture. Queer is an umbrella term for sexual and gender minorities who are not heterosexual and cisgender. Originally meaning strange or peculiar, queer came to be used pejoratively against those with same-sex desires or relationships in the late 19th century. according to stonewall, queer is defined as a term used by those wanting to reject specific labels of romantic orientation,. In 1991, queer theorya subset of gender and culture studiesmade its academic debut. In 1999, the tv show queer as folk aired in the uk and portrayed the everyday life of gay menthe american version was a hit across the pond the following year. In 2003, queer eye for the straight guy, a reality tv show where gay men give straight men a makeover, became a huge hit too. english grammar denotes the term queer strange and says gay is pretty or happy. Queer also stands for gay to some extent but homosexual people feels insult when called as a queer instead of gay. The world queer was introduced in 16 th century while gay is an old english word whose roots were found in 12 th queer is a wide term for sexual. and many gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals do not identify as queer. Like plenty of the names marginalized people call themselves, queer has a fraught history of reclamation, many controversial political implications, and a universalizing aspect that is too contradictory for some. Queer originally pejorative for gay, now being reclaimed by some gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered persons as a self-affirming umbrella term.