Here & Queer: Culture and Language in Gay Human Rights Struggles
Based on critical and interpretive examinations of linguistic queer representations in face-to-face and computer-mediated interactions, this paper analyzes global and local challenges to gay/lesbian identity and community constructions. The paper discusses how localized identities take part in, support, negotiate, and resist more globalized and globalizing trends in queer identification. This discussion is followed by an assessment of the human rights progress made by transnational gay/lesbian activists. Finally, the paper seeks to put into negotiation the cultural constraints and possibilities that govern language use as a site of personal identification as well as a site of organized political struggle. The role of 'global gay English' and the emergence of gay cybercommunities are addressed in the context of globalization. The role of language as the site of cultural changes, both in global and localized applications, is emphasized.
Keywords: Culture, Language, Gay/Lesbian, Identity, Intercultural Communication, Global Culture
Dr Bettina Heinz
Associate Professor, School of Communication, University of North Dakota