News article from The Bilerico Project, an LGBTQ blog which is not one I’d heard of before (h/t @queerscholar). I think a word like “refuse” is a bit strong when the New Yorker hasn’t expressly addressed the matter itself, but it’s interesting that this happened either way.
I thought this was an eloquent wording of the distinction, in a letter from Cassie Peterson, the person taking issue with the New Yorker’s apparent rephrasing:
To conflate “gay” with “queer” and vice versa is to do neither one of these signifiers justice. Though they are related, these identities have different political connotations and agendas. Queer is an anti-normative framework(s) and consciousness that is a purposeful departure from a more mainstream, assimilationist gay and lesbian agenda.