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The 'Orange Is The New Black' actress says that while the acronym is divisive, "queer is everybody".
By
Stephanie Marie Anderson

10 Jun 2016 - 4:54 PM  UPDATED 10 Jun 2016 - 4:54 PM

In a new interview with Pride Source, Orange Is The New Black actress Lea DeLaria revealed that she has a problem with the LGBT+ acronym, calling it "the biggest issue we have in the queer community to date".

Saying that it "will continue to be the biggest issue" until the community learns "to accept our differences", the actress and comedian, who plays Big Boo on Orange Is The New Black, chooses to use the word "queer" instead.

“Part of me believes that this inclusivity of calling us the LGBTQQTY-whatever-LMNOP tends to stress our differences," she explained. "And that’s why I refuse to do it. I say queer. Queer is everybody.”

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Recently, DeLaria came under fire for her comments about Aussie Ruby Rose, who played Stella on the last season of Orange Is The New Black. While doing a Reddit AMA, a fan asked her why Rose was her biggest crush on set, to which DeLaria responded: "Excuse me?! Ruby? Although I'm sure Ruby is quite hot to many of you out there - I don't f*ck other butches. I'm not a fag. I only sleep with girls. Real girls. Femmes. So my biggest crush on the show has to be Laura Prepon."

Orange Is The New Black season 4 drops on Netflix June 17. Read DeLaria's full interview here.