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Its moments like these you need mint: a mapping of spatialised sexuality in Brisbane

University of Queensland Press / Queensland Studies Centre, Faculty of Humanities, Griffith University
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  • 200205 Culture Gender Sexuality
  • 120100 Architecture
  • 120000 Built Environment And Design
  • Built Environment
  • Brisbane Bars
  • Design
  • Philosophy


Cultural geographers have long noted the increased presence of explicit (or at least tacit) 'queerness' within urban, rather than regional spaces. This can take a range of forms, from queer couples physically demonstrating affection for each other, to rainbow stickers in store windows, to specifically queer spaces. Cultural geographers typically draw attention to the way that these articulations of queerness within the built environment also impacts on the usage of those spaces, both by queers or non-queers. But few have applied this approach to Queensland's capital, and even fewer have taken it up within architectural scholarship. This paper addresses this gap in existing scholarship by considering the ostensibly 'lesbian' spaces in Brisbane. This paper asks a series of questions, including what, if any, are the aesthetic characteristics of these Brisbane lesbian spaces? How are they contextualised within, and how do they interact with, the broader built environment? And what, ultimately, might these spatial interactions reveal about ideologies of lesbian sexuality within the Brisbane built environment?

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