Living Life as a Queer Person: Role of Intimate Relationships in Consolidation of Identity

  • Ketki RanadeEmail author


This chapter focuses on the participants’ experiences of intimate/romantic relationships and the ways in which relationships affect the gay/lesbian identity development. In this chapter, I go beyond the individual narrative of growing-up experiences into the interpersonal and relational dimension of being gay. Here I state that, being gay and being gay with someone are two different things. Forming a romantic/sexual relationship with a person of the same-sex can be a self-affirming experience for many. It may also make a person’s/couple’s sexuality much more visible and bring with it a range of challenges and negotiations associated with living outside of the heterosexual script of marriage, children, and monogamy. In this chapter, I discuss multiple socio-cultural factors that form the backdrop against which gay/lesbian relationships are lived out. I also discuss challenges specific to same-sex relationships in a heterosexually constructed world.


Same-sex relationships Homosociality Marriage Targeted violence 


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  1. 1.Tata Institute of Social SciencesMumbaiIndia

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