Exploring queer people of colour’s perceptions of pride in Sydney

Clifford Lewis, Shiva Chandra, Kevin Markwell

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Pride events in majority-White contexts reflect social structures and power relations which privilege individuals from that group. The normative Whiteness that shapes these societies influence the dominance of Whiteness in queer spaces and Pride events which take place in them. This paper focused on queer people of colour (QPoC), in Australia, to understand how their intersectional identities shape perceptions of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Drawing on intersectionality as a framework, the study analysed interviews with 12 individuals. Results indicate participants feel a disjuncture between their queer identities and ethnicities and that queer spaces in Australia are premised on a normative Whiteness. While Mardi Gras is a meaningful and positive experience for respondents, the findings suggest the event perpetuates a narrow understanding of what it means to be queer by centring a White subjectivity and stereotypical queer representations. Findings suggest greater inclusivity can be achieved by ‘inviting in’ QPoC, meaningfully supporting more diverse expressions of ‘queerness’, including QPoC in all stages of the event, and being sensitive to the diverse needs of different groups.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)520-539
Number of pages20
JournalTourism Geographies: an international journal of tourism place, space and the environment
Issue number3
Early online date2023
Publication statusPublished - 2024


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