Heteronormativity in the LGBTQ community (Respectability Politics…
Heteronormativity in the LGBTQ community
Homonormativity? It is actually heteronormativity under a different name?
Homonormative timeline/coming out narrative. Come out, go to gay bars/parades, love rainbow. Don't scare straight people.
Digestible queerness: everything else about someone is "normal" so the queerness can be tolerated (not really accepted though)
Historically the LGBTQ community was more open to non-normative relationships (i.e. open, polyamorous, sexual freedom/multiple partners)
Once marriage rights went to the forefront of the movement, that acceptance (within the community) began to dwindle.
Idea that supporting sexual freedom would be counter-productive to gaining marriage equality
Same-sex couples (i.e. gay men and lesbian women) can now get married and create "normal" families. They are more accepted than transgender or bisexual people, and many stopped supporting the LGBTQ rights movement once they got the right to marry
History of this. Free love era?
80s - community was codifying themselves and in some ways it was cool to be gay because you didn't have to get married if you didn't want to (partially b/c it wasn't a legal option) and the community still accepted you
Expectation of children
Same-sex couples with children is an increasingly familiar site, it is now an expected norm of marriage LGBT people.
The expectation is only for "normal gays," not transgender or bisexual individuals
Who's the man?/Who's the woman?
Erasure of other gender identities (i.e. gender fluid/queer) and transgender people
Fear femmes and bisexual people
Stereotype: Femmes have to be with a butch to legitimize their sexuality
Bisexuals can't be trusted. Femme lesbians are actually bisexual.
Lot's is made by straight people, but LGBTQ people buy into it and it perpetuates the stereotypes
Have some discussion throughout presentation, not just at the end