Fragile subjectivities: constructing queer safe spaces

Translated title of the contribution: Fragile subjectivities: constructing queer safe spaces

Gilly Hartal

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This paper uses framing theory to challenge previous understandings of queer safe space, their construction, and fundamental logics. Safe space is usually apprehended as a protected and inclusive place, where one can express one’s identity freely and comfortably. Focusing on the Jerusalem Open House, a community center for LGBT individuals in Jerusalem, I investigate the spatial politics of safe space. Introducing the contested space of Jerusalem, I analyze five framings of safe space, outlining diverse and oppositional components producing this negotiable construct. The argument is twofold: First, I aim to explicate five different frames for the creation of safe space. The frames are: fortification of the queer space, preserving participants’ anonymity, creating an inclusive space, creating a space of separation for distinct identity groups, and controlling unpredictable influences on the participants in the space. Second, by unraveling the basic reasoning for each frame and its related affects I show how all five frames are anchored in liberal logics and reflect specific ways in which we comprehend how queer subjectivities produce/are produced through safe space and its discourse.

Translated title of the contributionFragile subjectivities: constructing queer safe spaces
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1053-1072
Number of pages20
JournalSocial and Cultural Geography
Issue number8
StatePublished - 17 Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes

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  • LGBT in Israel
  • LGBT space
  • Safe space
  • queer geographies
  • sexuality and space


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