Well, it’s Pride Month, and I’m watching queer discourse cross my social spheres the way it always does. There’s one particular discourse that’s really been bringing up a lot of feelings for me this year – the idea of “queer as a noun” vs “queer as a verb.” Is queer a thing you are, a thing you just know about yourself somehow, even in the absence of having taken any queer actions (such as dating someone of the same gender as you, or undergoing a gender transition)? Or is queer a thing you do?*
I’m gonna go out on a limb and say it’s both, actually – and that a lot of the problems with “queer as a verb” stem from our not recognizing how many queer verbs there really are.
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