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Did you have to use the word queer? You a redneck?
The word queer has been used in social, political, academic, and many other neutral-to-positive contexts for at least the last thirty years. Not everyone likes it, and not everyone has to like it, but it's by no means so offensive that only rednecks use it/nobody should use it. If someone wants to use the word queer to describe themselves or refer to the LGBTQIA* community as a whole, that's completely and totally acceptable (provided they are also in the community) and their use of the word should not be policed.