Abstract

As LGBTQ people “come out”, one of the critical ways they learn about what it means to develop an LGBTQ identity is through consumptive acculturation. This autoethnographic account of a white, middle-class, gay man learning to consume gay is presented in three vignettes: the gay bar as marketplace, the use of material goods as signifier of sexual orientation, and the online marketplace of gay relationships.

Keywords

LGBTQ, consumption, autoethnography

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Jun 10th, 2:05 PM

Consuming My Way Gay An Autoethnographic Account of Coming Out as Consumptive Pedagogy

As LGBTQ people “come out”, one of the critical ways they learn about what it means to develop an LGBTQ identity is through consumptive acculturation. This autoethnographic account of a white, middle-class, gay man learning to consume gay is presented in three vignettes: the gay bar as marketplace, the use of material goods as signifier of sexual orientation, and the online marketplace of gay relationships.