2. I am a homosexual, part of the queer community.
(a) strange, unusual
(b) gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered
A member of the lgbt community.
Originally, "queer" was simply just another word for strange, unusual, or wierd. When gay people first started coming out of the closet, they were seen as strange, unusual, and diseased. Thus, the word "queer" began denoting someone who is gay, lesbian, transgendered, or bisexual. Recently, it has been adopted by many people in the LGBT commnunity as an acceptable umbrella term. However, not all people are comfortable using it.
(a) That crazy person is quite queer.
(b) My friend is queer, she told me yesterday.
Person A: Did you see that fucking queer? I hate them!
Person B: Shut up, dude, don't hate them for no reason. What did they ever do to you?
The word is becoming more acceptable than ‘Gay’ especially for homosexual woman and bisexuals who often object to being called’ gay’ which is used more often to describer gay men. It is still often used (just as ‘gay’ is) as an insult to queer people, but is taken with a pinch of salt these days.
The Queer Youth Alliance
Queer as Folk