A queer person of color (plural: queer people of color, or simply queers of color) is a term used, primarily in the United States, to describe all queer people who are not white. The term is meant to be inclusive, emphasizing common experiences of racism and homophobia.[citation needed] People of color is preferred to both non-white and minority, which are also inclusive, because it frames the subject positively; non-white defines people in terms of what they are not (white), and minority, by its very definition, places the subject in a subordinate position. Thus, the term has a positive connotation and is generally preferred by people of color in the US to refer to themselves.[citation needed]

Experiences of queer people of colorEdit

In the United States, queer people of color have historically experienced both racial and sexual discrimination both within and without the LGBT communities and their own specific ethnic communities. Numerous queers of color have gained notoriety in their own right, and organizations for specific ethnic groups within the queers of color have been formed.

LGBT-specific terminology have been created from within these ethnic groups as alternatives to the more-visible terminologies and concepts seen and heard within the larger LGBT community.

Queer youth of colorEdit

Queer youth of color may face the risks of racism, homo- or transphobia, and age discrimination.

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