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A queer perspective on heteronormativity for LGBT travelers

A queer perspective on heteronormativity for LGBT travelers

Usai, Roberto, Cai, Wenjie ORCID: 0000-0002-1505-7240 and Wassler, Philipp (2020) A queer perspective on heteronormativity for LGBT travelers. Journal of Travel Research. ISSN 0047-2875 (Print), 1552-6763 (Online) (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/0047287520967763)

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Abstract

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) tourists are considered one of the most profitable and, at the same time, vulnerable and discriminated-against segments of the industry. However, a more detailed understanding of how heteronormativity (the privileged and normalized view of heterosexuality) constrains their travels is missing. As a result, this study takes a Queer Perspective, investigating the role of heteronormativity in LGBT tourists’ perceived travel constraints. Through sixteen interviews with LGBT travelers, intrapersonal, interpersonal, and structural heteronormativity are identified as constraining factors, and relevant sub-themes are discussed. Finally, this study makes a step towards denaturalizing heterosexuality in a tourism context by giving a voice to an often-overlooked and scarcely understood tourism segment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: LGBT travel, queer theory, constraints, heteronormativity, qualitative
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
Faculty of Business > Tourism Research Centre
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2020 13:07
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: REF 6
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/29750

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