Philip Chandler 
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Re: “We tied the knot and 'traditional' marriage didn't unravel

This is a genuinely heartwarming article, and I was happy to read about the sense of validation and finality which accompanied the writer's official marriage to her spouse. However, I detest the word "queer," and I virtually beg other readers not to fall into what I consider the trap of being duped into using this word. To me, this word is (and will always remain) a filthy insult, laden with hatred and homophobia. I am NOT queer -- I am an openly gay man, and shudder whenever I hear other people use the word "queer" to describe persons such as myself.

Perhaps my attitude is generational (I am in my early 50s). I have heard this word hurled at gay men and lesbians as a derogatory and humiliating insult so many times that I cannot stand to hear it. Some gay men and lesbians claim that they are diluting the power that this word has to wound -- I, for one, do not buy this, any more than I buy the notion that black persons should use the "n" word to describe themselves in an effort to lessen the ability of that word to wound, or that gay men should call themselves "faggots" in an effort to lessen the ability of that word to wound......

Of course, I cannot force others not to use this word. But I would hope that others would think this through very, very carefully.

PHILIP CHANDLER

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Posted by Philip Chandler on 07/08/2016 at 5:57 PM

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