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August 19, 2009

Real (Gay) Men Don’t Cruise: Larry Craig, Gay Identity, and Ideology

Filed under: Gay Cruising, Gay News — Tags: , , , , , , — cruisinggay.com @ 3:31 pm
Larry_Craig_official_portraitMen having sex with other men in public (observable) places have always presented a challenge to advocates for civil rights for queers. On one hand, the LGBT rights movement in the United States has historically included a push to transgress social and cultural norms of sexual behavior, which are often used to repress alternative modes of sexual expression. On the other hand, the increasing legal and social acceptance of queer sexuality and the emergence of more private spaces to find sex partners has mitigated the need for cruising and other outlaw forms of sexual expression. Additionally, as gay rights advocates continue to press their cause in legislative and judicial fora, condoning public sex seems increasingly to be a liability. Recent highly visible controversies involving men who are looking for sex with other men in public places reveal sharp ideological divides in queer communities over issues of sexuality and identity, as people argue about the role of sexual behavior in constructing gay identity and the place for unconventional expressions of individual and group sexuality in an increasingly mainstream social movement. This paper analyzes the discourse in queer fora surrounding public sex for the ideological rifts and ruptures it reveals.

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1 Comment »

  1. The gay guys need to stop cruising at City Lake in Cookeville, Tennessee. The cops are coming out daily. The locals have become HOSTILE.
    GO AWAY before something VERY BAD happens out there.

    Comment by James Greene — August 20, 2009 @ 1:20 am


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