HuffPost Gay Voices has undergone a socially relevant and important name change; from now on, the popular LGBT news source will go by HuffPost Queer Voices. The new title, which editorial director Noah Michelson explains was in the running since the creation of the outlet, will reclaim the word queer in light of recent historical shifts, from nationwide marriage equality to Laverne Cox on the cover of Time magazine.
"We, like many others before us, have chosen to reclaim 'queer' and to rename the section HuffPost Queer Voices because we believe that word is the most inclusive and empowering one available to us to speak to and about the community--and because we are inspired by all of the profound possibilities it holds for self-discovery, self-realization and self-affirmation. We also revere its emphasis on intersectionality, which aids in creating, building and sustaining community while striving to bring about the liberation of all marginalized people, queer or not."
He also notes the inclusivity of the word:
"'Queer' functions as an umbrella term that includes not only the lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people of 'LGBT,' but also those whose identities fall in between, outside of or stretch beyond those categories, including genderqueer people, intersex people, asexual people, pansexual people, polyamorous people and those questioning their sexuality or gender, to name just a few. These groups have been and will continue to be featured on The Huffington Post, however now the section dedicated to these identities will be inclusive not only in scope but also in name."
Michelson's essay aptly concluded with an empowering declaration: "We're here! We're queer! Get into it!"