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Colorado College Uses “Queer” Category On Application: “The Word Is Being Reclaimed.”

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Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado is facing a complaint sent to Colorado Attorney General John Suthers for the use of the word “Queer” in the  “Voluntary Demographic Data” section of the College’s online job application.

John Kichi, a gay Pennsylvania man, was shocked at the college’s use of the word after applying for the position of Database Specialist at the school.  The application lists five options under “Gender”: Not disclosed, Male, Female, Transgender or Queer.

The Denver Post reports,

Kichi was none too pleased with the college’s use of the term: “I couldn’t believe it. I thought I was going to have a stroke,” Kichi said. “It’s totally from the Dark Ages…If them including it on applications isn’t against the law, it should be.” However, Colorado College views the matter differently, believing that offering “Queer” as an option when it comes to gender identity is actually an inclusive move that should appeal to the LGBT community:

The school’s office of Minority and International Students intended to represent the college’s commitment to and acknowledgment of diversity related to gender,” according to a statement from the school. “Colorado College is very much committed to diversity, and is very open about sexual orientation.” and uses the following definition of queer in its training: “An umbrella term describing people who have a non-normative gender identity, sexual orientation, or sexual anatomy—includes lesbians, gay men, bisexual people, asexual people, transgender people, intersex people, etc.

Colorado College does acknowledge the fact that the term is used as a slur by some, but adds: “Others have reclaimed it and are comfortable using it to describe themselves.”

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Colorado College Uses “Queer” Category On Application: “The Word Is Being Reclaimed.””

  1. You forgot some things from The Denver Post:

    “Kichi, who was angry enough to send a complaint to Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, is 66 years old.
    Charles Irwin, the executive director of Colorado Springs Pride, a gay rights organization in the city, said that Kichi’s age may be the reason behind the differing viewpoints.
    “Queer is a challenging word, a word that’s in transition,” he said. “But today’s youth embraces it very well.”

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