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Gender on the EdgeTransgender, Gay, and Other Pacific Islanders$
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Niko Besnier and Kalissa Alexeyeff

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838829

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838829.001.0001

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On the Edge of Understanding

On the Edge of Understanding

Non-Heteronormative Sexuality in Papua New Guinea

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(p.323) Chapter 14 On the Edge of Understanding
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Gender on the Edge
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Christine Stewart

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824838829.003.0014

This chapter explores the issue of non-heteronormative sexuality in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Drawing on PhD fieldwork conducted mainly in Port Moresby in the mid- to late 2000s, it considers people's lived experience of non-heteronormativity in relation to the wider community. It discusses the ways in which respondents described themselves, their processes of developing self-understanding, how they fit into the general society, and the worst experiences of discrimination they had encountered. It also examines the prevalence of “homosexual” behavior in PNG as well as the high levels of stigma and abuse experienced by gay people. Finally, it assesses homosexuality laws in PNG and the reasons why social perceptions and practices in PNG with regards to non-heteronormative sex differ significantly from those in the other Pacific Island countries.

Keywords:   non-heteronormative sexuality, Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby, non-heteronormativity, self-understanding, discrimination, stigma, gay, homosexuality, non-heteronormative sex

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