Reclaiming Queer History, a guest post by James Brandon

Growing up in a conservative home in St. Louis, the term queer was an insult. It ranked right up there with the f-word (not the four-letter one) and stung just as badly. When a bully pushed me into lockers or spit on me while riding the bus, he’d hurl those words out. I used to cry myself to sleep wishing the hateful slurs into oblivion.

Over the years, my wish came true.

The term queer has not only been reclaimed by the 2SLGBTQ+ community but is even used as a personal identifier in the ever-expanding umbrella of non-heteronormative persons. This is the definition of self-empowerment. And this is the very reason to reclaim our lost queer history.