The Gay Games : the play of sexuality, sport and community

Symons, Caroline (2004) The Gay Games : the play of sexuality, sport and community. PhD thesis, Victoria University of Technology.


This thesis is the first comprehensive social history of the international Gay Games from its inception in 1980 up until 2002. These Games have become one of the largest sporting, cultural and human rights events in the world, as well as the largest international participatory gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex event. Particular attention is paid to the ways that gender, sexuality, sport and community are played out within this history of the Games. Three historical research methods are used. These are archival and document analysis, oral history interviewing and the examination of secondary sources.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Keywords Gay Games, Sports, Gays, community, sociology
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