This book addresses LGBTQ issues in relation to a variety of scholarly felds including law and policy, mobility and migration, children and family, social wellbeing and identity, visible and invisible landscapes, teaching and instruction, parades, arts and cartography.
A variety of research methods are used to explore identities, communities, networks and landscapes, all of which can be used in subsequent research and classroom instruction and disciplinary and interdisciplinary levels. The contents should stimulate future pioneering research ventures in rural and urban settings about existing and proposed LGBTQ policies, individual and group mapping, visible and invisible spaces, and the construction of public and private spaces. Through the methodologies and rich bibliographies, this book also provides a rich source for future comparative research of scholars working in social work, NGOs and public policy, and community networking and development.
The book is structured into five themed parts:
- putting LGBTQ issues on the map;
- challenging knowledge production;
- making LGBTQ places and spaces visible;
- resisting oppression and violence;
- building LGBTQ community and perspectives.
Each part brings together different ways of thinking that extend existing geographical analysis, as well as queer geographies and LGBTQ studies.
The Whole Neighbourhood Is Becoming Gay!” Reflections on the Effects of Geolocated Dating Apps on the Practice and Perception of the Urban Space of Gay Men in Major French Cities (pp 147–164).
Written by Clément Nicolle (Geography, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University / UMR 8504 Géographie-cités, Paris, France), this chapter focuses on the effects of gay dating apps on queer spatialities in major cities. Applications such as Grindr, Scruff and Hornet strongly reconfigure gay spatialities, departitioning the visibility of homosexuality from its historical centralities and allowing homo-bisexual men to meet in theory everywhere in urban space. Based on a study conducted in France, this article shows that dating apps are making urban homosexual spatialities more complex by linking everyday life spaces and meeting spaces more closely, without making historical community centralities disappear. These applications reduce, without making them disappear, the strength of heteronormative injunctions suffered in the spaces frequented on a daily basis. Finally, data on the mobility for encounters shows that these do not take place everywhere, due to multiple strategies for avoiding spaces considered risky or dangerous.
Read Nicolle, C. (2022). “The Whole Neighbourhood Is Becoming Gay!” Reflections on the Effects of Geolocated Dating Apps on the Practice and Perception of the Urban Space of Gay Men in Major French Cities. In: Blidon, M., Brunn, S.D. (eds) Mapping LGBTQ Spaces and Places. Springer, Cham.
Gender, Violence and Public Spaces in France and the United Kingdom: Contributions by Trans Studies to Feminist Geographies (pp 517–537)
This chapter is written by Milan Bonté (Geography, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University / UMR 8504 Géographie-cités, Paris, France). Trans experiences help to highlight the gendered socialisation processes of the uses and representations of public spaces. By changing gender in their lives, transgender people go through a re-socialisation process to new practices and representations of public spaces. To begin with, the experiences of people who change gender in their lives provide a better understanding of the role of violence—or the absence of violence—in women and men’s socialisations in public spaces. Interrogating how trans people change practices, strategies, and representations of public spaces during their gender change sheds light on secondary socialisation mechanisms that are usually invisible. The male violence that abruptly befalls trans women at the beginning of their transition helps to show them that they do not belong in public spaces. In contrast, the gradual disappearance of male violence in trans men’s experiences of public spaces leads to a slow disappearance of gendered urban fears. Secondly, the distinction during gender transitions between a dominant socialisation and that of minority groups, in the light of race and class social relationships in particular, makes it possible to highlight the role of violence in the minorisation of certain social groups in public spaces. This socialisation through violence has, finally, important consequences on the representations of public spaces as an archipelago of safe and unsafe places. In this chapter, I seek to show the potential contributions of studying trans experiences in understanding the gender dynamics of public spaces.
Commander Milan Bonté. Gender, Violence and Public Spaces in France and the United Kingdom: Contributions by Trans Studies to Feminist Geographies. Blidon Marianne, Brunn Stanley D. Mapping LGBTQ Spaces and Places. A Changing World, Springer, 2022, 978-3-031-03791-7. ⟨10.1007/978-3-031-03792-4⟩. ⟨hal-03777493⟩