Stonewall’s iconic GET OVER IT T-shirt design has now got another product line to offer the LGBT+ community.
“Some People Are Queer Get Over It” is now proudly displayed on one of Stonewall’s red (and black) t-shirts along with a whole host of other diverse gender and sexuality descriptions, but some people are not happy about the use of the word queer – particularly the older generations, some of whom find the term offensive.
Despite some calling for the word to be reclaimed others aren’t so sure about the idea.
— Stonewall (@stonewalluk) August 20, 2017
Responding to a number of Tweets from Stonewall’s official account to advertise the T-shirts commentators decried the product calling it “vile” and a slur, while one commentator questioned whether Stonewall had consulted with the community before commissioning the T-shirt.
Social media user David said,
“How unfortunate that even Stonewall has swapped the word “gay” for “queer”. Yes, I know about the dubious reclaim theory but, for many older gay men, the word “queer” was a vile insult from childhood through teens, twenties and thirties. Sends a cold shiver down my spine.”
Whilst Gareth added,
Reclamation’s a myth. Q***r will always be slur. It’s divisive and not inclusive, even within the LGBT community. Time to stop using it.
However, some were very happy with the new t-shirt – calling the design “iconic”.
Iconic, I just ordered one !
— Owen Power (@OwenOwenpower) August 19, 2017
In a recent survey by THEGAYUK.com, 60 percent said that the term queer was inappropriate as an umbrella term for LGBT people.
The T-shirt is available from the Stonewall shop for £14.99
THEGAYUK.com reached out to Stonewall for comment.