The Evolution of Queer

http://www.theledger.com/article/20031107/NEWS/311070315

Something queer is happening to the word “queer.”

Originally a synonym for “odd” or “unusual,” the word evolved into an anti-gay insult in the last century, only to be reclaimed by defiant gay and lesbian activists who chanted: “We’re here; we’re queer; get used to it.”

Now “queer” is sneaking into the mainstream — and taking on a hipster edge as a way to describe any sexual orientation beyond straight.