Homonationalist Rhetoric in Israel: Neoliberal Sexual Politics in the Gay Tourism Industry

Authors: Alexandra Ringling*, University of Missouri - Columbia
Topics: Sexuality, Tourism Geography, Middle East
Keywords: Sexuality and Space, Geopolitics, Neoliberalism, Gay Tourism
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Presentation File: Download


This poster explores Israel’s alignment with the LGBTQ movement in relation to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, focusing on the homonationalist rhetoric in its gay tourism industry. Gay tourism to the state has been used as a tool for justifying Israel’s confinement and regulation of Palestinians, making queer identity an involuntary geopolitical pawn of the state. The neoliberal commodification of sexuality allows Israel to perpetuate fixed, homonormative notions of same-sex attraction in the global economy. Focusing on capitalism and the movement of people through the gay tourism industry centers the political alliance between Israel and the United States, where gay tourism propaganda is most pertinent. Such analysis provides a theoretical framework to understand how Israel has co-opted identity-based rights to replace social justice as a measure for a democratic, egalitarian society.

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