Gay, straight, and who i am: Interpreting passing within the frames for everyday life

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Abstract

Passing, the process whereby individuals conceal stigmatizing attributes, represents an intersection between self-definition, self-presentation, and situational and cultural fluency. Existing research has examined some of these topics separately, but few works have undertaken a cohesive analysis. To address this gap, this study employs frame analysis to examine gay and lesbian individuals' interpretive accounts of passing. Participants framed their self-presentations within a paradigm of being "who I am," noted a frame of risk that operated across situations, and described common frames for audiences and settings in their lives-all central to interpreting passing within everyday, routine interaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-157
Number of pages43
JournalDeviant Behavior
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2011

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