Queer and LGBT: A New Generation

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Queer and LGBT: A New Generation


As the 90's began and a new generation of queer people rose out of the AIDs crisis, new labels were created to fit the evolving culture of the era. When compared to earlier issues the word "Queer" was used by antagonist characters in a derogatory way, or by queer characters in a sarcastic way. Eventually, like many other labels historically used by queer people, the word was reclaimed. Some authors expressed judgment at the change, while others showed exasperation at the resistance of the word. Often these arguments are still used today, but most use the word comfortably as an "umbrella term", a non-descriptor for someone who is part of the LGBT community and may or may not subscribe to specific labels.