Lesbian women in Portsmouth: integrated or alienated?

Greenwood, Donna (2007) Lesbian women in Portsmouth: integrated or alienated? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The geography of homosexuality is an expanding literature; within which the portrayal of lesbian women has remained marginalised. Research in this field has largely focused on gay men, and their contribution to the gentrification of inner-city areas. Literature produced on female homosexuality concentrates on the increased importance women attach to social networks, and the behavioural strategies they apply to conceal their lesbian identity in everyday places and spaces. This dissertation builds upon these concepts by exploring the behaviour and attitudes of lesbian women at the University of Portsmouth. Information obtained from ten in-depth interviews illustrates the experiences of lesbian women who belong to the University's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Society. The responses provided in these interviews are applied to existing literature to investigate whether lesbians have become more accepted and visible in society, or remain 'alienated' as a result of prevalent heterosexual dominance. Additionally, the provision of homosexual facilities is presented in a colour-coded map, illustrating that lesbian women in Portsmouth are inadequately provided for.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/364

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