Living Life as a Queer Person: Role of Queer Community/s in Consolidation of Identity

  • Ketki RanadeEmail author


In this chapter, I focus on the role of meeting others like oneself and finding community/s in consolidation of one’s own sexual identity and politics. Meeting and being part of queer community/s can be a powerful experience and can have multiple meanings for individuals: feeling a part of, belonging to the community; opportunities for socialization; for support; for forming alternative family-like bonds; for solidarity; and for political work of destabilizing heteronormative structures of marriage and family. However, it can also mean experiencing a sense of ‘difference’ even within the queer community/s due to other salient aspects of one’s multiple identities.


Queer community/s Gay socialization Collective identity Social change 


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  1. 1.Tata Institute of Social SciencesMumbaiIndia

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