Respectable Queerness

53 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2012 Last revised: 22 Apr 2019

Date Written: March 3, 2012


This Article proposes a new theoretical framework to understand public recognition of gay people and relationships. This framework — called “respectable queerness” — suggests that public recognition of gay people and relationships is contingent upon their acquiring a respectable social identity that is actually constituted by public performances of respectability and by privately queer practices. The challenges posed by such recognition include dissonance between one’s public and private selves and fueling moralism and entrenching divisions between different queer constituencies.

Keywords: same-sex marriage, gay marriage, LGBT rights, LGBT politics, queer politics, queer theory

Suggested Citation

Joshi, Yuvraj, Respectable Queerness (March 3, 2012). Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Vol. 43, No. 2, p. 415, 2012. Available at SSRN:

Yuvraj Joshi (Contact Author)

Yale University, Law School ( email )

127 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511
United States

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