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Queer is an umbrella term for sexual and gender minorities that are not heterosexual and/or not cisgender.

Beginning in the late 19th century, the word "queer" was used as a pejorative against people who were or were suspected of being homosexual or gender nonconforming. However, in the 1980s, the term was reclaimed by activists in the queer community and is now commonly used by those seeking an alternative to the label LGBT that is broader or more ambiguous.

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