Is it OK to say 'queer' in debate? Yes, says California lawmaker

August 09, 2012

Odd it was, but queer? Well, no.

A California lawmaker became confused when a word used historically to mean strange, or as an insult to homosexuals, was spoken on the Assembly floor today by another lawmaker referring favorably to gays and lesbians.

Assemblywoman Linda Halderman, R-Fresno, said she had always thought that the word "queer" was a "degrading epithet." She expressed surprise after Assemblyman Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, said the word during a floor debate.

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