On the use of "queer"

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I love this part of the New York Times review of Reynold Price's latest book.

Mr. Price applies the word "queer" and dislikes "gay" because he thinks the latter hurt homosexual men during the early years of the AIDS crisis. It fit the assumption of bigots, he writes, that "homosexuals were giddy irresponsibles, negligible creatures." Mr. Price quotes a friend who says: "Please don�t call me gay. If you need an adjective, call me morose."