Gay men in the performing arts: performing sexualities within 'gay-friendly' work contexts

Rumens, Nick and Broomfield, John (2014) Gay men in the performing arts: performing sexualities within 'gay-friendly' work contexts. Organization, 21 (3) . pp. 365-382. ISSN 1350-5084 [Article] (doi:10.1177/1350508413519766)

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Building on emerging research on ‘gay-friendly’ organisations, this article examines if and how work contexts understood and experienced as ‘gay-friendly’ can be characterised as exhibiting a serious breakdown in heteronormativity. Taking the performing arts as a research setting, one that is often stereotyped as ‘gay-friendly’, and drawing on in-depth interview data with 20 gay male performers in the UK, this article examines how everyday activities and encounters involving drama school educators, casters and peers are informed by heteronormative standards of gay male sexuality. One concern is that heteronormative constructions of gay male sexualities constrain participants’ access to work; suggesting limits to the abilities and roles gay men possess and are able to play. Another concern is that when gay male sexualities become normalised in performing work contexts, they reinforce organisational heteronormativity and the heterosexual/homosexual binary upon which it relies. This study contributes towards theorising ‘gay-friendly’ places of work as heteronormative.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations > Diversity and Gender group
Item ID: 15539
Notes on copyright: Nick Rumens and John Broomfield, Gay men in the performing arts: Performing sexualities within ‘gay-friendly’ work contexts, Organization, Vol 21, Issue 3, pp. 365 - 382. Copyright ©2014 The Author(s). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
Depositing User: Nick Aston
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2015 15:30
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 23:42

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