Title

Gay and Lesbian Tourism

RIS ID

123731

Publication Details

Markwell, K. & Waitt, G. (2015). Gay and Lesbian Tourism. In J. D. Wright (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (pp. 637-643). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier.

Abstract

This article examines gay and lesbian tourism and its relationship with gay and lesbian cultures and identities. First, an explanation is provided for why travel for some people became an integral part of their sexuality from the Victorian era through to the present day. Second, a critical overview is given of the role of the gay and lesbian tourism industry in producing and reproducing gay and lesbian identities with a special focus on events and festivals. Finally, the concept of risk (cultural risk and medical risk) is explored within the context of gay and lesbian travel and tourism.

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