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date: 29 March 2023

Queer Intercultural Communication: Sexuality and Intercultural Communicationlocked

Queer Intercultural Communication: Sexuality and Intercultural Communicationlocked

  • Taisha McMickens, Taisha McMickensChaffey College
  • Miranda Dottie OlzmanMiranda Dottie OlzmanDepartment of Communication Studies, San Francisco State University
  •  and Bernadette Marie CalafellBernadette Marie CalafellDepartment of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Gonzaga University


Queer intercultural communication is the study of sexuality in intercultural communication. It is a critical, interdisciplinary field that explores identity (i.e., race, gender, sexuality, nationality, and class) across political, historical, transnational, and social spheres. Queer intercultural communication is grounded in using an intersectional lens and embodiment, and in understanding the way power functions both systemically and individually. Historically, intercultural communication has lagged in including intersectional works that center on queer and transgender voices, theorizings, and methodologies. Queer intercultural communication has worked to expand the voices that are being centered as a way to theorize about potential and hope. As this work continues, scholarship on sexualities must remain open to broadening discourse, theory, and methodologies that are inclusive of multiple stories that evoke queer possibilities.


  • Gender (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies)
  • Communication and Culture

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