Originally a pejorative term for gay, now being reclaimed by some gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and non-heterosexual people as a self-affirming umbrella term. Some people may identify their sexual orientation as queer because they find the other labels inaccurate or overly restrictive. Some straight people who identify with LGBTQ culture, such as children of queer parents, call themselves “culturally queer.” Queer is still offensive as an epithet to many.
NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists
Stylebook supplement on LGBTQ terminology