Image Description: What’s In a Word: Queer

Full description of the featured image for the post “What’s in a Word: Queer?”:

Title: What’s in a Word?

In bold, underneath: “QUEER”

Underneath, there are two columns of speech bubbles. The left column is labeled “myths” and the right column is labeled “facts.”

Myth: Queer is a violent word; it is unavoidably offensive.

Fact: Words have multiple meanings; queer is sometimes still used as a slur but its primary meaning today is as a positive sexual/gender/political identity and perspective.

Myth: Queer is a hip way to say gay.

Fact: Queer and gay have very different meanings, despite some overlap.

Myth: Calling yourself queer is an act of self-hatred.

Fact: Calling yourself queer is an act of proud defiance.

Myth: Straight people can’t use the word queer.

Fact: It’s what you use it for that matters most, not who you are.

Below the speech bubbles, a line of text says: There are a lot of myths out there about queer. Learn the facts.

At the bottom of the graphic, the paper the words appear on emerges from a typewriter. Above the typewriter ribbon is the black text www. copyeditor. com with the red word “radical” inserted so that, edited, it reads www. radicalcopyeditor. com.

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