Safe Spaces? Spaces and Supporting Diverse Queer Folk in Chiang Mai (77660)

Session Information: Comparative Gender Studies
Session Chair: Nga Nguyen

Monday, 27 May 2024 10:05
Session: Session 1
Room: Room B (Live-Stream)
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

This paper explores the construction of spaces and how they directly or indirectly support or oppress diverse queer folk in Chiang Mai - from digital nomads originally from the Middle East, to gender diverse Lao folk originally from Thailand. While several places have emerged which directly and indirectly support diverse queer folk - inclusive nightclubs to HIV clinics to cafes - there remain spaces that are not as queer-friendly. The paper explores why these spaces emerge, how queer folk resist oppressive environments, and what the environment may look like in future. The paper introduces a model, partly drawing on L Knopp's sexuality and space studies, to bolster inclusion for the Chiang Mai context. Chiang Mai is chosen given its status as a top (queer-friendly) city in contemporary Thailand. There is additionally limited extant research on queer modernities in Chiang Mai.

Joseph Black, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

About the Presenter(s)
Joseph Black is a gender studies PhD student at Chiang Mai University in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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