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Leaving the Closet : Coming Experiences of Queer Chicanas and Latinas and Their Representation in Television Public Deposited

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  • In the contemporary United States, the process of "coming out of the closet," or public disclosure of one's non-normative sexual orientation or gender identity, is ongoing and performative. Particularly within the context of dominant contemporary U.S. society, popular media favors a hegemonic set of defining characteristics, which thereby forces the exclusion of non-dominant identities. This thesis investigates the representations of non-heterosexual Latinas and their coming out in three television programs, as well as the ways that these depictions contrast with the lived experiences of women who identify as lesbian, bisexual, or queer and Latina/Chicana. Narrative analysis, which incorporates the positionality of the investigator as a central tenet of research is also integral to this project. Findings suggest that the representations in popular media bear little resemblance to the lived experiences of the women interviewed.
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