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Encyclopedia > Queer culture

See labrys, black triangle.

Bisexual culture

Bisexuals have historically been dismissed or distrusted both by the straight and by the gay community. For a long time, the prevalent attitude among homosexuals was that bisexuals did not exist, and were semi-closeted homosexuals.

That attitude has given way to a better understanding that some people are attracted to both men and women, to a greater or lesser degree. In any case, Bisexuality refers to desires and self-concept, not necessarily behavior.

Many bisexual people consider themselves to be part of the LGBT or Queer community.

See: hijra, berdache, two-spirit.

Other groups within the LGBT community

Other groups of sexual minorities which have formed significant communities and possibly cultures include the Deaf Queer community.

External link: http://www.deafqueer.org/


The polyamorous community is another sexual minority with an associated culture.

Fetish-based cultures

Another form of sexual minority that may form culture is that based around sexual fetishism. For example, practitioners of S&M and those who are into leather may have extensive cultural knowledge associated with their communities.

Influence on culture at large

Sexual minority cultures frequently and consistently influence the broader culture at large, including straight culture. Slang frequently originations in subcultures, including sexual minority subcultures, which becomes part of the larger vernacular including words associated with descriptions specific to sexual minorities or not. Madonna is one of many artists who have borrowed from sexual minority cultures, including her appropriation of vogueing. Recently, the television series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy depicts straight men being made over by gay men.

See also

External links

  • soc.bi newsgroup FAQ (http://serf.org/~jon/soc.bi/faq/a.html) Bi newsgroup
  • Bi Resources (http://www.biresource.org/)
  • Bi Flag (http://www.biflag.com)
  • The Androphile Project (http://www.androphile.org) Extensive resource of gay and bisexual history
  • Bisexual Playground (http://www.bisexualplayground.com) An online community for Bisexuals

  Results from FactBites:
Queer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1448 words)
Queer has traditionally meant 'strange' or 'unusual', but is now most often used in reference to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.
The expression 'in Queer Street' was used in the UK in the early 20th century for someone in financial trouble.
This is the meaning of 'queer' most closely associated with the academic field known as queer theory, a field that looks to margins of the sexual spectrum to explore and deconstruct societal understandings of fixed sexual identities, and of identities and categories in general.
Sexuality and gender identity-based cultures - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2075 words)
Sexuality and gender identity-based cultures concern the culture, knowledge, and references shared by members of sexual minorities or transgendered people by virtue of their membership in those minorities or their state of being transgendered.
The term Queer is perceived by many to be political or objectionable, although others use it as the primary description of their sexual minority culture.
The study of transgender culture as such is complicated by the many and various ways in which cultures deal with gender.
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