"I Exist": (Transcending) Embodiments and Expressions of Queer and Non-Binary Identities
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This study examines the ways in which non-binary and self-identified queer people negotiate embodiments and expressions of their gender and sexual identities. How do people embody and/or express their queer identity? How/why (not) is a queer self-expression important? Is there a connection between self-expression of a queer identity and coming out? This thesis utilizes an intersectional approach to queer theory in order to challenge and destabilize binary assumptions of gender and sexuality. Fifteen self-identified queer people share their lived experiences and discuss the negotiation of their self-presentations and behavior in different spaces. Results show inclusive and affirming language is needed in order to help with visibility, knowledge, and understanding because queer gender and sexual embodiments, identities and experiences are multifaceted, complex and fluid.