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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Safe spaces matter more than labels for LGBT youth



In this month's Youth Development Insight blog post, Joe Rand discusses the meaning and importance of terms and acronyms we use to label LGBT youth.

In grad school, I often heard the term "queer" used to describe LGBT youth—without any negative connotation, just as a neutral term. I also have vivid memories from my younger days of being called queer as an insult.

So when this word is used to describe the community I belong to, it often often trips me up. Furthermore, in my rural context, "queer" is not a term that has been effective or comfortable, compared with terms like LGBT, gay or lesbian.


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