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By David Shneer,Caryn Aviv

queer [adj]: 1 differing from what's ordinary or usual; strange; singular; unusual 2 somewhat unwell; three mentally unbalanced four counterfeit; no longer actual five gay: in most cases utilization, nonetheless mainly a slang time period of contempt or derision, yet in recent times utilized by a few as a descriptive time period with no damaging connotations --Webster's Dictionary queer [adj]: used to explain a 1 physique of concept 2 box of severe inquiry three method of proudly settling on a gaggle of individuals four approach of seeing the area five feel of distinction from the norm -- David Shneer and Caryn Aviv, Queer in the USA, from time to time Contrasting queer lifestyles this present day and in years prior, this landmark publication brings jointly autobiographies, poetry, movie reports, maps, records, legislation, and different texts to discover the which means and perform of the notice queer. via this Shneer and Aviv suggest: queer as either a sort of social violence and a choice to political activism; queer as performed by means of Robin Williams and Sharon Stone and as lived through Matthew Shepard and Brandon Teena; queer within the courthouses of Washington D.C. and at the streets of native land the USA. Contextualizing those modern tales with ones from the earlier, and realizing them during the analytic instruments of feminist social feedback and historical past, the authors convey what it ability to be queer in America.

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