OUT in Linguistics

The old OUT in Linguistics mailing list seems to have died, so I’ve created a Facebook group for this purpose:

The group is open to lesbian, gay, bisexual, dyke, queer, homosexual, trans, etc. linguists and their friends. The only requirement is that you be willing to be out to everyone on the list as lgbt(-friendly); it’s sort of like wearing a pink triangle.

It’s a “closed” group: anyone can see the group, but only members can post and see the postings.

I’m in charge of adding people to the group; mail to me at zwicky@stanford.edu.

(Yes, you need to have a Facebook account.)



4 Responses to “OUT in Linguistics”

  1. W Says:

    That’s one hell of a response, Arnold! Thanks! Expect an email from me.

  2. Sergey Larin Says:

    Mr. Arnold, could you explain, what are “dyke” and “queer”, please?

    • arnold zwicky Says:

      Dyke ‘lesbian’.

      Queer, gay, and homosexual are roughly synonymous, but, according to many people, differ in their denotations and connotations; so the OUTiL description provides alternatives to satisfy the different opinions and tastes of different people.

      Queer shows up in the expression Queer Studies, for an academic field of study (including university programs with that name); in Queer Nation, the name of a pro-gay political organization; and elsewhere. It originated as a reclamation of queer used as an anti-gay slur. (The Wikipedia page isn’t bad.)

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