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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.

Compare race baiting
"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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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.
I 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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A term used by those who fantasise obsessively over the fictional characters Sherlock and John from the BBC show, writing and reading erotic homosexual fanfiction and fan art, and threatening to commit suicide if the fictional characters don't end up having sex by a certain episode. Often the term is used by teenagers who can't cope with their emotions, their newfound sexuality, and becoming a sane and responsible adult.

Also likely to enter a relationship and threaten to kill themselves if the other half leaves them.

See also: manipulative piece of shit.
Moftiss are queerbaiting. How dare they? I don't care if Mark Gatiss is homosexual, he's still homophobic and it's all his fault I need therapy for a suicide attempt.
by Someoneyoudlove January 24, 2017
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