Is There a Distinction Between the Terms Gay and Queer?

The initialism LGBTQIA+ was discussed in a previous post to provide a brief history of its origins and how it evolved to include representation of many of our amazing community members throughout the years. Because our global rainbow family is so vast and broad, it comes as no surprise that there are equally as many umbrella terms that are used to generally describe how diverse our family is. The terms Gay and Queer are sometimes used interchangeably so people would assume that they mean the same thing, but do they? If they are, then why are they given their own distinction in LGBTQ

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A Brief History

Historically, the term Queer was used in a negative way or had negative connotations as its definition includes words like odd and strange. However, beginning in the early 1980s the word was adapted to become a positive identifying term as Queer is more commonly used today to identify as someone that is not heterosexual or cisgender. Gay, on the other hand, is a term that historically meant happy, cheerful, lighthearted, and carefree. Up until the mid-20th century, Gay had another meaning and was increasingly used as code or as a double meaning to express same-sex desires in the past. In modern times, the term is ubiquitously associated with same-sex attractions and is considered an umbrella term with no specifics or exclusivity when it comes to gender.

So, Is There a Difference Between Gay and Queer?

Speaking of specificity and to answer the question, yes and no. There is no finality when it comes to answering the question because terms can evolve throughout time just like the words Gay and Queer. In the context of LGBTQ, Gay frequently represents our community members who identify as male and have a romantic and/or sexual orientation toward men while Queer is a term that is used to identify as someone other than straight or heterosexual. No matter which term is used, in our community these words represent love, acceptance, support, and inclusivity.

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Show Your Support

Whichever term you will use to identify yourself, Gay and/or Queer, know that here at Pride Clothes, we celebrate you! We are proud of you, we adore you, we support you, and we love you. Be always proud of who you are and those you love. Show your support for our global rainbow community by purchasing fabulous Pride month outfits and accessories from our collection of unique pieces that scream you. LGBTQIA+ foundations will also benefit when you shop at our store as 10% of all proceeds will be donated. So, what are you waiting for? Choose a design or two and click add to cart today!