This important work, critically approaches a vexed topic that of `community' in an informed, innovative and rigorous way.ã Its cross disciplinary approach and clear writing style means that it will be of interest to all who are interested and work with not only lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities, but also those who are interested in social cohesion, identities, exclusions and marginalisations.ã This is also a must read for policy makers and the LGBT community and voluntary sector.
Katherine Browne, Professor Human Geography at University of Brighton, UK
Exploring LGBT Spaces and Communities interrogates the complexities that lurk behind the deceptively simple idea of "community." Page after page, Eleanor Formby shatters the stereotype of singularity and shows us the manifold experiences of communities-in the plural-for LGBT people. This book is sure to poke and provoke as it traverses tensions between sameness and difference, hostility from the outside and safe spaces within, forced labels that misalign with lived experiences, on-line and offline encounters, cynicism and celebration about membership, demanding conformity or celebrating individuality, and in broad strokes, whether sexuality is primary or peripheral in our lives.
Amin Ghaziani, University of British Columbia, Canada
This book will be a valuable addition to any undergraduate or postgraduate course of study that includes issues of sexuality, identity, community, (mental) health and wellbeing. It makes no apology about the complexities that the data unfolds and provides meticulous attention to the detail of people's experiences and intersectional identities. Overall, the book explores the many ways in which `LGBT community' - awkward, inadequate, limited, sometimes oppressive, discriminatory, hostile and exclusive - is aspired to (and is often a [temporary] reality).
Catherine Donovan, University of Sunderland, UKshow more