Scholars and activists use the term homonormativity in many ways. Transgender scholars and activists used it to highlight the normalization of gays and lesbians during the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights movement in the 1990s. A more prevalent use of the term is associated with heteronormativity and queer theory. Homonormativity has a distinctive relationship with heteronormativity. Queer scholars and activists have examined sites of homonormativity in queer politics and culture, including representations of queer bodies in the media. Critiquing homonormativity is an important component of queer theory in LGBTQ studies and activism.

Variants of Homonormativity

Theorist and filmmaker Susan Stryker is often credited with coining the term homonormativity. Stryker’s use of the term is concerned with the way that gays and lesbians became the primary ...

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