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Sexuality & Culture

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 493–512 | Cite as

Teaching Young Queers a Lesson: How Police Teach Lessons About Non-Heteronormativity in Public Spaces

  • Angela DwyerEmail author
Original Paper

Abstract

This paper analyses qualitative data with LGBT young people to explore police-LGBT youth interactions, and the outcomes of these interactions, as pedagogical moments for LGBT young people, police, and public onlookers. Although the data in this paper could be interpreted in line with dominant ways of thinking about LGBT young people and police, as criminalization for instance, the data suggested something more complex. This paper employs a theoretical framework informed by poststructural theories, queer theories, and pedagogical theories, to theorise LGBT youth-police interactions as instruction about managing police relationships in public spaces. The analysis shows how LGBT young people are learning from police encounters about the need to avoid ‘looking queer’ to minimise police harm.

Keywords

LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) youth Police Relationship management Pedagogy Heteronormativity Public space 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Special thanks go to the LGBT young people who shared their stories with me, and to the service provider staff who initiated this process. Thanks also to the QUT Faculty of Law and PFLAG Brisbane for research funding.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Justice, Faculty of LawQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia

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