Lesbian minority women seen through an intersectionality intimate citizenship perspective

  • Yvonne Mørck
Keywords: Intersectionality, intimate citizenship, patriarchal connectivity, minority ethnic lesbians, LGBT-persons

Abstract

There is more knowledge about minority ethnic gay men than about minority lesbian women. Therefore, this article focuses on Muslim minority ethnic lesbians and explores the identity challenges they face in relation to self-determination over their sexual and romantic lives. It turns out that minority ethnic lesbians navigate in relation to a range of intersections of categories and inequality systems involving sexism, homophobia and racism/racialization in both their families, ethnic-religious communities and in the majority society, including the LGBT-communities. The article discusses the diverse intersections of categories, which are expressed as both suppressive and exclusionary power hierarchies and as identity-formation processes involving individual strategies in coping with multiple identities. The article discusses four strategies: full openness, double life, selective openness, and break-up with the family. It is not always either appropriate or desirable to choose an open strategy for ethnic minority lesbians, the type that has been widespread in the Western world, especially since the 1970s. However, transformation processes in relation to forms of intimacy that affect, for example gender, sexuality and ethnic-religious dimensions, offer increased opportunities to develop new hybrid forms of sexual/romantic relationships and identities and thus the unfolding of a more self-determined intimate citizenship.

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Published
2019-11-25