The Paradox of Gay Men As Tourists: Privileged or Penalized?

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The belief that gay men are intensive holidaymakers is examined within the context of citizenship and inclusion in society. It is argued that the idea of gays as being economically privileged and as intensive tourists is based on a restricted database. In addition, the tourism patterns of gay men are examined and it is concluded that there are a number of issues that inhibit full participation in this leisure sphere. It is argued that the perpetuation of views of intensive and frequent holidaymaking has had undesirable consequences, including perceptions of gays as "privileged" but also distraction of gays from the pursuit of "equality" in other spheres and the attainment of full citizenship.

Keywords: CITIZENSHIP; GAY MEN; HOLIDAYS; INCLUSION

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3727/109830405776746832

Publication date: September 1, 2005

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  • Tourism, Culture & Communication is international in its scope and will place no restrictions upon the range of cultural identities covered, other than the need to relate to tourism and hospitality. The Journal seeks to provide interdisciplinary perspectives in areas of interest that may branch away from traditionally recognized national and indigenous cultures, for example, cultural attitudes toward the management of tourists with disabilities, gender aspects of tourism, sport tourism, or age-specific tourism.
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