Welcome to Queer map

This site invites visitors to explore the cultural meanings and social power of homosexuality.

Homosexuality is more than the ordinary, enduring fact of same-sex sexual preference. It is also a complex system of symbolic meanings elaborated over centuries. Contemporary gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, gender-variant, queer and questioning people are forced to an encounter with these meanings. We are vilified and demonized by a homophobic culture.

The archetypes, stereotypes and images in which we are enmeshed are an enormous burden. They are also a gigantic opportunity. Queer people are linked to myth, history, and the capacity to transform society. Exploring the stereotypes and archetypes associated with queer is a way to amplify our difference, and claim our power.