(Hetero)sexing space: Gay men and “straight” space in Adelaide, South australia

Stewart Kirby, Iain Hay

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    This paper examines gay men's perceptions and experiences of everyday places in Adelaide, South Australia. It illustrates the nature of social space as a heterosexual artifact. The paper also outlines ways in which gay men may contribute to the heterosexualization of space. Many gay men monitor the public and private roles they play for fear of the consequences of “discovery,” and through self-policing and restricted behaviors they may contribute to the spatial supremacy of heterosexuality. Acts of nondisclosure and the adoption of straight sexual facades constrain gay men's social and spatial lives.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)295-305
    Number of pages11
    JournalProfessional Geographer
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 1997


    • Australia
    • Gay
    • Gender geography
    • Heterosexuality
    • Homosexuality
    • Space


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