Difference Between Queer and Gay

Main Difference

As the ideology of LGBTQA, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, and asexual/ally is spreading more and more, there terms are confusing also. Some people understand the term queer and gay for same sexual relationship but there are many points that draws the fine line between queer and gay. The main difference between queer and gay is that queer is a wide term for sexual minorities that are not heterosexual or cisgender. It refers to entire LGBT community, while gay refers to a homosexual person.

What is Queer?

Queer is a wide term used for sexual and gender minorities that are not cisgender or heterosexual. It stands for anyone who wants to identify as queer and who feels somehow outside the societal norms in regards to gender or sexuality. This could include the person who highly values queer theory concepts and would rather not identify with any particular label, the gender fluid bisexual, the gender fluid heterosexual, the questioning LGBT person, and the person who just doesn’t feel like they quite fit into societal norms and wants to bond with a community over that.

What is Gay?

Gay refers to a person of homosexual nature. It means the person who identifies as gay is sexually attracted to people of same sex. Don’t misunderstand that gays are sexually attracted to every one of the same sex, it means simply they are attracted to people of the same sex as they are. The meaning of term gay has changed gradually. In modern English of 20th century it is used as an adjective and as a noun, referring to the people especially to gay males and the practices and cultures associated with homosexuality. Now the term recommended by LGBT groups to describe people attracted to members of the same sex.

Key Differences

  1. English grammar denotes the term queer strange and says gay is pretty or happy.
  2. Queer also stands for gay to some extent but homosexual people feels insult when called as a queer instead of gay.
  3. The world queer was introduced in 16th century while gay is an old English word whose roots were found in 12th
  4. Queer is a wide term for sexual minorities that are not heterosexual or cisgender. It refers to entire LGBT community, while gay refers to a homosexual person.
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