The term and concept of Queer is now replacing lesbian (and gay male) identity. Many young lesbians now identify, and describe, and name themselves, as queer.
Queer is an all embracing term which includes not only lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, intersex people, transexuals but an increasing number of poorly defined identities such as aromantics, asexuals, demiandrogyne, genderfluid, and up to 150 other ‘identities’.
Queer also includes people who call themselves non-binary which seems to mean they ‘identify’ as neither the male or female sex. The term Queer is so all embracing it now includes even heterosexuals who choose to call themselves any of the above for any indeterminate amount of time, or simply entertain the idea that they might try same sex relationships in theory only. Perhaps they just say they are Queer to be considered cool or fashionable.
Many lesbians now describe themselves as Queer. By adopting the term ‘queer’ to describe themselves such lesbians are naming themselves out of existence.
Non binary is a new ‘identity’ promoted by Queer culture and trans ideology. It is considered to be transgressive to hetero-normativity. A Queer woman calling herself non-binary is signalling that she does not want to conform to sex-stereotypical behaviour and appearance. Historically lesbians who did not conform to feminine appearance and behaviour have been called ‘butch’. However non-binary people tend to go further and deny that they are of the female sex at all. They claim to be of neither sex and therefore deny they are women.
Some Queer non binary women still choose to relate to males. Those who have sexual relationships with women are denying and erasing their lesbianism. This is becoming increasingly popular in queer culture and young people’s social relationships. Some non-binary identifying women also refer to themselves as transexual, just to make things more confusing. Under Queer ideology it is possible and acceptable to be both non-binary and transexual without making any physical changes to the person’s body. Non-binary may be signalled by modes of dress, hair do, adornments, etc. Or not. Even more confusingly some women maintain a feminine dress mode but also call themselves non-binary. This is a way to be both fashionable and transgressive in Queer culture.
This illogical and confusing identity is being recognised by government and other organisations as legitimate. For example it was included as a choice in the 2021 Australian Census where a question asked the respondent if they were: Male, Female or Non-binary.
Feminists have long advocated for the dismantling of strict sex role stereotyping because women are oppressed by these roles in our patriarchal culture. TRA non-binary ideology on the other hand tends to reinforce the oppression of women by offering an individual solution without challenging the ongoing sexist oppression of women.