Welcome back to “Ask a Homo,” Outward’s no-judgment answer service for all your questions on LGBTQ politics, culture, etiquette, language, and other queer conundrums. This week June Thomas explains why some gay people have reclaimed words, like queer and dyke, that were long considered derogatory—and still are in many contexts.
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