I’m curious about when “queer” became a universal umbrella term for LGBT+ people. Where I live “queer” is something someone yells when they’re about to hurt you. It’s a slur where I live. On the same level as “batty boy” and “poofter”. I don’t know any LGBT person in real life who ID’s as queer.
In my experience it’s still considered a slur in rural and conservative areas, but in the cities you almost never hear it as a slur and in fact a lot of LGBT+ people I know get offended if you refer to them as “gay” or “lesbian” or “bisexual” rather than “queer”. I think I could count the LGBT+ people I know who *don’t* call themselves queer on one hand. (And all of them would be over 50 years old.)