‘Just stupid drama queens’ : how police constrain, regulate, and punish the public visibilities of sexual/gender diversity as out of place

Dwyer, Angela E. (2011) ‘Just stupid drama queens’ : how police constrain, regulate, and punish the public visibilities of sexual/gender diversity as out of place. In Tauri, Juan (Ed.) Proceedings of Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD, pp. 319-336.

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Using interview data on LGBT young peoples’ policing experiences, I argue policing practices work to constrain public visibilities of sexual and gender diversity in public spaces. Police actions recounted by LGBT young people suggest the workings of a certain kind of visuality (Mason, 2002) and evidenced more subtle actions that sought to constrain, regulate, and punish public visibilities of sexual and gender diversity. Aligning with the work of sexualities academics and theorists, this paper suggests that, like violence is itself a bodily spectacle from which onlookers come to know things, policing works to subtly constrain public visibilities of “queerness”. Policing interactions with LGBT young people serves the purpose of visibly yet unverifiably (Mason, 2002) regulating displays of sexual and gender diversity in public spaces. The paper concludes noting how police actions are nonetheless visible and therefore make knowable to the public the importance of keeping same sex intimacy invisible in public spaces.

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ID Code: 46353
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Visibility, LGBT (lesbian gay bisexual transgender), sexualities, gender diversity, performativity, public spaces, constraint, punishment, regulate, discipline, embodiment, heteronormativity
ISBN: 9780987153326
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Angela Dwyer
Deposited On: 06 Oct 2011 21:46
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2011 23:49

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