Notes: Hillery Glasby, “Let Me Queer My Throat: Queer Rhetorics of Negotiation: Marriage Equality and Homonormativity”

Glasby, Hillery. (2014). Let me queer my throat: Queer rhetorics of negotiation: Marriage equality and homonormativity. Harlot 11.


Glasby analyzes the tensions between homonormativity and the possibility of queernormativity, arguing for a queer potential for engaging with the institution of marriage. This tension, too, Glasby argues, becomes a site of queer rhetorical articulations of being and doing.

Keywords: Queer, Queer Rhetorics, LGBTQ, Sexuality, Homonormativity


“After reading countless texts by queer writers and scholars discussing homonormativity, I’m shocked by the tone of a text aimed at a heteronormative audience – an audience I no longer belong to – in which every sentence is haunted by invisible discrimination and assumptions.”

“Rhetorical modes that exist outside the conventions of dominant academic discourse are vital to demythologizing and dismantling the canon and expanding the representations of lived experience.”

“Rather than coherence, we need complex, chaotic, and excessive modes of composing in order to more adequately capture and (con)figure the multiple and messy subject positions we queers write from.”

“The most palpable consequence of homonormativity is the erasure of the bad queer and the legitimization of the good gay.”

“In a move that sanitizes queer discontent (and subsequently, agency), the students are strongly encouraged to filter any rage or discomfort out of the rhetorical situation for the audience’s sake.”

“This is extremely problematic, though: queers have pride and political resolve – they would rather see the system radically reconstructed than change what they understand to be distinctive characteristics of their own identity/ies.”

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