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Language, Cultural Evolution and the LGBT Group
An examination of the impact of language on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) group.
# 152968 | 1,451 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2013 | US

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The paper questions whether expressions can be changed to better suit the needs of a group, in this case, the group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The paper explores the significant language issues experienced by this group and focuses on Martha Irvine's article, "Culture: What Does Queer Mean?" to demonstrate how speech reform is crucial to the healthy development of societies. The paper discusses how people that feel discriminated by the use of words must identify the means through which they can counterbalance the effects of that behavior, and make people understand why their choice of language might be offensive.

From the Paper:

"A group gains more social awareness and with the right tools gains acceptance if it become public. Taking the group of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people) into analysis we find that, together with other perceived minorities like religious, color or professional ones, it also encounters serious issues when it comes to language. What is to be queer? What is to be "one of the guys"? Should you be? In today's multilingual and internet-multimodal world, words are as important as actions. And, the manner in which one perceives a group is not only seen through his or her actions but also through the way they use words, how they use them, when, where and most importantly, why.
"Martha Irvine, in "Culture: What Does Queer Mean?" has several examples of people that are or are not a part of the generic LGBT group that face problems or win "social fights" when it comes to language, and in this specific case, a word: "queer". So what is a queer? As Martha Irvine correctly points out, the answer can also be a question. When? Because what queer meant in the 1920s or even before that, is not applicable now."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bilger, Audrey. "The Common Guy" 2002, available at
  • Donaldson James, Susan. "When Words Can Kill: 'That's So Gay'". 2009, available at
  • Irvine, Martha. "Culture: What Does Queer Mean?" 2003,, available at
  • Wilton, David. "Word Myths: Debunking Linguistic Urban Legends", 2004, Oxford University Press

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