An inquiry into marginalized sexual identities in the context of minorities within a minority

Tektaş, Elif
Minorities within marginalized sexual identities still face disadvantageous situations or regulations even though sexual minorities are protected by some rights, or they have equal rights with heterosexuals. This study examines the effects of a sexual minority's practices of exclusion of and discrimination against other sexual minorities within that sexual minority in the context of rights discourse. The specific minority identity within LGBTIQ+s on which the thesis will focus is bisexuality. Among monosexual sexual minorities (e.g., lesbian, gay), bisexuality as an identity is often stereotyped as being “always possible to be heterosexual” or "not queer enough"; at the same time, among the institutions of the heterosexual matrix, it is likewise considered an illegitimate or invisible identity. This study inquiries into whether multiculturalism as a right discourse with a strong emphasis on diversity and the protection of minority rights can propose a way to solve the problem of minorities within minority in the context of sexual minorities. It is argued that the cultural norms in discourse of sexuality are the reason for those unequal circumstances, and that these cultural norms are bolstered by shortcomings in the rights discourse and the policies associated with them.


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Citation Formats
E. Tektaş, “An inquiry into marginalized sexual identities in the context of minorities within a minority,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.