Queening Out

Queening Out

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Queening Out is an LGBTQ+ slang phrase that is used to describe or mock gay men either throwing a tantrum, being overly excited, or displaying stereotypically gay behaviors. The phrase has long been used in LGBTQ+ circles in the United States, with memes about "queening out" seeing a resurgence in 2024.


The earliest known record of the phrase "queening out" is a March 28th, 2008 post on the Wordpress[1] blog "Word Of The Gay," where "queening out" is described as "a gay male tantrum," or the act of "an individual exhibiting stereotypical gay tendencies."

#13 "queening out" March 28, 2008 at 19:01 Filed under Adjective, American, Definition, Exclamation, Gay, Male, Phrase, Slang, Verb and tagged: Catch-Phrases, Fun to Say, Things I Do, Things I Say You've seen it all before... a gay man gets upset or super excited - and suddenly it's the end of the World. "Queening out" is a popular phrase in the gay community that describes one of two things: 1. a gay male tantrum, or fit of rage 2. an individual exhibiting stereotypical gay tendencies; usually manifest in the form of speech patterns, mimicry of pop culture icons or outlandish dance & movement The phrase is related to "queen" being a term used to describe an effeminate gay man. "Queening out" is not only used to describe men, but can be used for women, as seen in one of these two videos scenes from YouTube.com: Some Kid Queening Out & Child Abuser Queening Out Ex: "Oh Gurl, you should have seen her, she was queening out on the dance floor big-time!" [Related catch-phrases: "Slow Your Roll," "Don't have a cow, man" "Take it Easy," and the less- accepted "F------ Out"]

In February 2021, a gay journalist complained about being fired by CBS, saying that he was told to stop "queening out" and advice to "butch it up."[2] (seen below, left).

On June 16th, 2023, X[3] user @wolktress posted about someone defending Ezra Miller, writing, "screaming rn at ezra miller’s hostage native american teenager defending him by saying he was just queening out." The post gathered over 1,000 likes in a year (seen below, right).

Q Queerty @Queerty Ex-CBS reporter says he was told to “butch it up" and stop “queening out" before being fired - More at: queerty.com/ex-cbs-reporte... NEWS 169 • 6:24 PM ⚫ Feb 2, 2021 COR ... ivy @wolktress screaming rn at ezra miller's hostage native american teenager defending his abuse by saying he was just queening out In August, Miller's former music collaborator Oliver Ignatius stated that he had witnessed Miller verbally abuse Iron Eyes over her wearing makeup. She defended Miller by referring to the incident as "a catty comment" and a part of "queer dialogue"; she called the allegation of abuse "homophobic". 5:26 PM ⚫ Jun 16, 2023 88K Views


On May 25th, 2023, Instagram[4] page @avantgardeboygirl posted a meme using the phrase "queening out," gathering 55 likes in a year (seen below, left). On October 2nd, 2023, X[5] user @GREASESTAlNS quoted an AI-generated image with the caption, "the hilarious ross mathews queening out in the back," gathering over 4,000 likes in six months (seen below, right).

queening out tonite Text Message Monday 1:39 PM iMessage Yesterday 3:11 PM joint slay tonight queen?? queening out tonite.. Today 12:44 PM jack Follow ... @GREASESTALNS the hilarious ross mathews queening out in the back +(sam)*¸✨ @samgarwood Oct 2, 2023 Might I suggest you don't f--- with my sis alnie • 8:47 AM Oct 2, 2023 237.4K Views

On November 4th, 2023, X[7] user @stxvxn_8381 posted an image of Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck, writing, "they’re queening out," and gathering over 8,000 likes in five months (seen below, left). On February 25th, 2024, Instagram[6] page @yung_nihilist posted a meme showing a text from "a straight guy" that reads, "when are we queening out sis??" The post gathered over 9,000 likes in two months (seen below, right).

999 • 3:46 PM ⚫ Nov 4, 2023 · 420K Views itsy bitsy spider @stxvxn_8381 they're queening out Follow C MESSAGES Anxiety What if you're not good enough MESSAGES Depression Everyone hates you MESSAGES A straight guy When are we queening out sis??

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@cursedkief Follow Hi diva! Per my last boots, please send your paid gooning day request to HR for approval before queening out 4:50 PM Dec 5, 2023 313.6K Views gal kilmer @beepupkin • Feb 12 he's queening out 4 DiscussingFilm @DiscussingFilm • Feb 12 The 2024 #Oscars class photo. lio @lanashotspot he was queening out : . 4:19 PM Apr 18, 2024 228.6K Views jack rem @jackremmington Me to the like button every time I see that smoking duck queening out II GIF ALT 6:13 PM Mar 24, 2024 885.3K Views ...

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External References

[1] WordPress – Word of the Gay

[2] X – Queerty

[3] X – wolktress

[4]  Instagram – avantgardeboygirl


[6] Instagram – yung_nihilist

[7] X – stxvxn_8381

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