Femme invisibility is a lesbian phenomenon in which a feminine-looking lesbian has difficulties in convincing the dyke world at large that she’s gay, or being seen by other lesbians at all.
‘Queer’, a derogatory term leveled at the non-hetero-seeming, was reappropriated in the late 1980s, early 1990s by its victims as a defiant means of empowerment echoing black activists’ use of ‘nigger’ in the 1960s. Relieving the burden of the titular expansion of L-G-B-T- (lebian, gay, bisexual, and transgender), queer’s most basic function is as an umbrella term or catch-all for uniting various forms of non-straight sexual identity. But it means much more than this. Queer represents the resistance to, primarily, the normative codes of gender and sexual expression…In this way, queer, as a critical concept, encompasses the non fixity of gender expression and the non-fixity of both gay and straight sexuality. As Richard Dyer rightly reminds us, the contemporary formulation of queer functions in sharp contrast to its past, it signifies a fluidity of identity where, historically, queer represented an ‘exclusive and fixed sexuality’. To be queer now means to be untethered from ‘conventional’ codes of behavior. At its most expansive and utopian, queer contests (hetero- and homo-) normality.
New Queer Cinema: An Introduction by Michele Aaron.
ALL OF THIS. except the n word part…these words are not parallel in their re-appropriation