A word that has traditionally been used to put down gays and lesbians. In recent times, "queer" has been reclaimed as a more inclusive term to include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and transsexual persons. "Queer" can also be used to describe heterosexual or "straight" people who do not fit into the mainstream heterosexist majority. Although this term has become popular with many youth, not all GLBT people like the word "queer," mainly because it can still be used offensively by those who do not identify as "queer." Source: Online Submission
An individual who has not yet come to a conclusion about his or her sexual orientation. They may not know what to call their sexual feelings. Sexual identities develop over time, and because most adolescents are intensely sexual during the years around puberty (usually between 11 and 15 years old), when their bodies start changing and their hormones are flowing in new ways, sexual feelings may be so strong that they are not directed toward particular persons or situations. As an individual gets older he or she is more likely to figure out who they are really attracted to.Although it is perfectly normal for a young or even an older person to question his or her sexuality, it should be noted that referring to oneself as "Questioning" carries a burden because of the stigma associated with homosexuality. Just as people have biases against gay or homosexual persons, a questioning person should be equally as cautious about to whom they reveal this information. You may see "GLBT issues" or "GLBT friendly" places or "safe places" with a 'Q' at the end for people who are "Questioning".Source: youth.org/yao/docs/i-think-article-gay.html (archive)