Project Overview

As marriage equality has taken center stage in the quest for social justice for sexual minorities, the historic forms of alternative or non-normative intimacies among LGBTQ people have been infrequently acknowledged or appreciated. The goal of the Queer Intimacies Project is to document and understand the nature of non-normative or unconventional relationships—forms of intimacy that do not conform to the cultural standard of two individuals in a relatively symmetrical relationship. These relational configurations include polyamorous relationships as well as chosen families, BDSM, and kink/fetish relationships. Our aim is to promote better understanding of these relationships and to examine their meaning and significance for individuals.