But many of us feel the need to make, cumulatively, stubbornly, a counterclaim against that obsolescence: a claim that something about queer is inextinguishable. Queer is a continuing moment, movement, motive—recurrent, eddying, troublant. The word ‘queer’ itself means across—it comes from the Indo-European root -twerkw, which also yields the German quer (transverse), Latin torquere (to twist), and English athwart. A lot of queer writing tends toward 'across’ formulations: across genders, across sexualities, across genres, across 'perversions.’ The concept of queer in this sense is transitive—multiply transitive. The immemorial current that 'queer’ represents is antiseparatist as it is anti-assimilationist. Keenly, it is relational, and it is strange.
— Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky. “Making Gay Meanings.” The Weather in Proust. Ed. Jonathan Goldberg. Durham: Duke University Press, 2011. 183-189. Print. 188-189.