Lea DeLaria: Let’s Ditch “LGBTQQTY-Whatever” And Just Say “Queer”

"I say 'queer.' Queer is everybody."

Lea Delaria is never one to shrink away from speaking her mind and in her new interview with PrideSource, the Orange is the New Black star weighed in on divisiveness in the LGBT community.

“I speak about it a lot, but when we come together and don’t infight we get a lot done,” she said. “That’s how we defeated DOMA, that’s how we defeated Prop 8, that’s why the SCOTUS decision happened.”

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She’s not a big fan of the alphabet-soup labeling our community has garnered, either.

“Part of me believes that this inclusivity of calling us the LGBTQQTY-whatever-LMNOP [community] tends to stress our differences. And that’s why I refuse to do it—I say ’queer.’ Queer is everybody.”

Many would agree with her, though others feel the word still has baggage from when it was a slur. Huffington Post got a fair amount of blowback when it renamed its LGBT section “Queer Voices.”

How do you feel? Should we embrace “queer” as a catch-all for our community?

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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