SOAN 450, GEOG 474

Document Type

Student Paper

Publication Date

Spring 5-16-2020


Gender and Sexuality | Human Geography | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Place and Environment | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Urban Studies and Planning

Description, Abstract, or Artist's Statement

Cities are broadly conceived to be queer utopia when compared with rural spaces. While the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa fit this simplistic model in some ways, the region has several unique characteristics that warrant their own investigation. I argue that the social climate of the Quad Cities is generally perceived as welcoming and inclusive by the LGBTQ+ community. However, despite an assortment of community-building institutions, some find socialization and partner-seeking a bit difficult. Many advocate for investment in a variety of physical LGBTQ+ “third places” (public gathering places), which would yield a variety of benefits for this community. Through ethnographic accounts, I explore the experiences, assets, and needs of the Quad Cities LGBTQ+ community and find that physical community structures are still largely necessary despite improving acceptance and transformative geosocial technologies.

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