Sliding under the radar: Passing and power among sexual minorities

Craig B. Fuller, Doris F. Chang, Lisa R. Rubin

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    Abstract

    This study investigated the role of intentional and unintentional passing in the lives of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and queer individuals. Qualitative data were collected through a series of nine focus groups and analyzed using grounded theory. Passing as straight allowed participants to maintain or achieve the privileges afforded to the dominant group, but not without costs. This experience was affected by individual factors, which impacted one's social distance from the hegemony, as well as contextual factors, such as perceiver characteristics and environment. In general, passing was seen as both a signifier of oppression and a strategic appropriation of power.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)128-151
    Number of pages24
    JournalJournal of LGBT Issues in Counseling
    Volume3
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Apr 1 2009

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    minority
    social distance
    oppression
    grounded theory
    hegemony
    privilege
    Social Distance
    Group
    Focus Groups
    costs
    Costs and Cost Analysis
    experience
    Sexual Minorities
    Power (Psychology)
    Grounded Theory

    Keywords

    • Heteronormative
    • Homo-negativity
    • Identity management
    • Intentional passing
    • Queer
    • Sexual minorities
    • Stigma management
    • Unintentional passing

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Gender Studies
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Applied Psychology
    • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Sliding under the radar : Passing and power among sexual minorities. / Fuller, Craig B.; Chang, Doris F.; Rubin, Lisa R.

    In: Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, Vol. 3, No. 2, 01.04.2009, p. 128-151.

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    Fuller, Craig B. ; Chang, Doris F. ; Rubin, Lisa R. / Sliding under the radar : Passing and power among sexual minorities. In: Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling. 2009 ; Vol. 3, No. 2. pp. 128-151.
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