An umbrella term used to describe people who are not heterosexual and/or cisgender. “Queer” has been reclaimed by LGBTQ communities since its historical use as a slur against LGBTQ people and is now widely used among LGBTQ people and in institutional and formal settings. Some colleges have programs in Queer Studies, where students can learn about the history, culture, and advancements of LGBTQ+ people. Many people appreciate the way that queer can be used a term to include everyone in the LGBTQ+ community, without listing letters of the acronym (LGBTQ), which leaves key groups of people unlisted.
LGBTQ youth are not inherently prone to suicide risk because of their sexual orientation or gender identity but rather placed at higher risk because of how they are mistreated and stigmatized in society.