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Origin of the term

I was told by a friend that it originates in Riki Anne Wilchins' book Queer Theory, Gender Theory: an instant primer. (amazon link)

Does anyone know if it appeared any earlier?

- Lottiotta 08:03, 30 December 2011 (CST)

Lottiotta, The earliest that I could find was also from Riki Anne Wilchins in the Spring 1995 newsletter of Transexual Menace, see also the quote I discussed at Genderqueer Identities. I will have a lot to add to this page here soon in the way of information and citations.
- MarilynRoxie 10:05, 30 December 2011 (PST)
I'm very happy for this to be added to the main article as its earliest known use in print. I'm planning to do research for earliest online and print uses of all terms we include at some point in the future, so if anyone else has already done this work or wants to make a start that would be great.
- Quarridors (admin) 02:50, 1 January 2012 (UTC)
As an after thought, do we need to distinguish between newsletters and published books for first 'print use'? As of 1995, a newsletter (or zine) was the then equivalent of online usage today. I think MarilynRoxie is right that the newsletter proceeds the book, but the book is likely to appear in things like Google Book Search while a Transexual Menace newsletter may not. (How does Wikipedia or the OED handle this sort of thing?)
- Quarridors (admin) 02:59, 1 January 2012 (UTC)
I've just looked up the Queer Theory... book and realised it was published in 2004. The book referenced in the main article 'GenderQueer' was published in 2002 so counts as an earlier 'published'/print use. [If we're counting books as more authoritative than newsletter/zine/online use and listing them separately.]
- Quarridors (admin) 03:13, 1 January 2012 (UTC)
I think the earliest use is still good and important, even if it's not easily searchable, because we can still provide links to evidence and stuff like that. I like how you've put it in the article. :) Thanks, Quarridors.
- Lottiotta 17:16, 1 January 2012 (CST)