The term “queer” has been “taken back,” as it were, by the LGBTQ community to mean “not in any category.”
This exercise is designed to allow students to facilitate and engage in a discussion about the psychocultural construction of gender and sexual identity.
Students are instructed to inform someone they know fairly well that they are “queer.”
We ask that students give the recipient of this announcement time to respond. Additionally, we ask that students not immediately amend their declaration with the caveat “but I’m not gay.”
This activity allows students to understand, though their own experiences, some of the cultural conceptions behind the term “queer.” It also provides them with an opportunity to document their experience as an activity participant.