In the “GLBT History Month Celebrated” article in the 10/29/07 issue of the Collegian, a student (Luke Usery) is quoted as saying “Holy Crap! I didn’t know Lily Tomlin and Cary Grant were queer”.
I was brought up with the understanding that terms such as “queer” and “f****t” were derogatory and offensive when referring to homosexuals. At one time, “gay” was also offensive, but now is in common usage.
Since Mr. Usery identifies himself as a GLBT individual, I am somewhat confused.
Is the term “queer” now okay to use? Perhaps someone from the GLBT office could use the Collegian to clarify this to the CSU community.