1st Edition

Geographies of Sexualities

Edited By Emily Kazyak Copyright 2023

    Focusing on locations as diverse as the rural southern United States, Brazil, Istanbul, and South Korea, this book advances our understandings about how lesbian, bisexual, and queer women navigate identity, community, and politics. It brings together international scholars whose work addresses how meanings about sexuality and place intertwine.

    The chapters in this edited volume challenge the assumption that certain places are inhospitable to LGBTQ lives by examining the varied ways that expressions of same-sex sexualities manifest across contexts. They explore questions about how and why the spaces for lesbian, bisexual, and queer-identified women are shifting. They take us to spaces as varied as women-only exotic dance venues, dyke bar commemoration events, and queer-friendly college campuses. By doing so, the scholars in this volume provide cutting-edge, rigorous, and interdisciplinary insights about what queer spaces might look like in the future.

    This book will be valuable to students and scholars interested in Sociology, Gender Studies, Geography, and LGBTQ Studies. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Lesbian Issues.

    Introduction: "Geographies of Sexualities" 

    Emily Kazyak 

    1. Not in our community: Queer women challenge religious homophobia in rural Kentucky 

    Bernadette Barton and Ashley Currier 

    2. "Not in my name": The anti-racist praxis of Mab Segrest & Minnie Bruce Pratt 

    Amanda Mixon 

    3. Racialized sexualization & agency in exotic dance among women 

    Cristina Khan 

    4. Queer space and alternate queer geographies: LBQ women and the search for sexual partners at two LGBTQ-friendly U.S. universities 

    Janelle M. Pham 

    5. Queer Anthropophagy: Building women-centered LGBT + space in Northeastern Brazil 

    Sarah Nicholus 

    6. Making lesbian space at the edge of Europe: Queer spaces in Istanbul 

    Ozlem Atalay and Petra L. Doan 

    7. Balancing safety and visibility: Lesbian community building strategies in South Korea 

    Chelle Jones 

    8. "You out-gayed the gays": Gay aesthetic power and lesbian, bisexual, and queer women in LGBTQ spaces 

    Amy L. Stone 

    9. "That crosscountry 1969 vw squareback and holiday inn affair": Lesbian mobility 

    Liz Millward 

    10. From situated space to social space: Dyke bar commemoration as reparative action 

    Japonica Brown-Saracino 


    Emily Kazyak is Associate Professor of Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA. Her areas of specialization include sexuality, geography, law and family.