Researching for LGBTQ Health

Queer Community

‘Queer’ is a tricky term to define. Because of its attachment to offensive slang, some LGBT people dislike the term altogether, while other LGBT people, particularly younger and urban LGBT people have proudly embraced and reclaimed the term ‘queer.’ Sometimes ‘queer’ is used as an umbrella term for minority sexual orientations and gender identities or as a synonym for LGBT. Some trans people feel that the term ‘queer’ includes them; others do not. Some people use ‘queer’ as a way of identifying their non-heterosexual orientation yet avoiding the sometimes strict boundaries that surround lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans identities. ‘Queer’ can also signify one’s rejection of heteronormative sexual identities, normative gender constructions, or essentialist identity politics (1). In short, we recognize that the term ‘queer’ represents many identities and is often context dependent (i.e., what ‘queer’ means in academia is not always universal across disciplines).

We welcome the participation of the queer-identified people in all of our studies:

For more information about these studies, please visit our Projects page.


1. “Heteronormativity refers to the privileging of heterosexual relationships and identities through the establishment of said relationships and identities as the norm by which all others are evaluated.” – Quote from page 69 of Hylton, M.E. (2005). Heteronormativity and the experiences of lesbian and bisexual women as social work students. Journal of Social Work Education, 41(1), 67-82.