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When a politician, pundit, or other public figure brings up the completely irrelevant detail about a person's sexuality, true or untrue, as a way of subtly channeling homophobia to attack them.

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"Oh yeah? Well, Tom Smith, the gay man who supported the new bill has no idea what he is talking about."
"You're queer baiting"
by Lightning Princess January 16, 2008
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1. A marketing technique used to attract queer viewers that involves creating romantic or sexual tension between two same-sex characters but never making it canon or evolving on it
2. when straight men or women pretend to be gay and flirt with people of the same sex as a joke
1. "There is a lot of queerbaiting in shows like Sherlock and Voltron."
2. "I got queerbaited by someone and it really hurt my feelings."
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When a television series, book or movie makes statements on there being LGBT representation for views, when canonlogically, there is none or less then they hinted at.
β€œI can’t beleive Voltron killed off all LGBT, theres a difference between having gay characters and dealing with a gay character like they hinted at, wow nice queer-baiting”
by Steven Yeun August 11, 2018
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When an author/director/etc. gives hints, and clever twists to paint a character as possibly being queer, to satisfy queer audiences, but never outright says they are so they can keep their heterosexual audience.
June- I love watching Supernatural! Dean and Castiel are ABSOLUTELY gay!
Micheal- But they never said they were, and cast and director haven't said they were either.
June- Yeah, but they totally act gay!
Micheal- Sounds like they're queer baiting you, so you'll continue to watch.
by witchwatch December 05, 2016
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When people in the media (usually television/movies) add homoerotic tension between two characters to attract more liberal and queer viewers with the indication of them not ever getting together for real in the show/book/movie.
"Hey did you watch the new Supernatural episode last night"

"Nah all the queer baiting in it makes me want to bash my head in. I quit watching Sherlock for that reason too."
by BustinDustin November 03, 2013
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