Kapoor, Vikram. 2023. Uncloseted. Consumption Markets & Culture, 26(5), pp. 377-385. ISSN 1025-3866 [Article]

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This collection of six poems is based on my reflections on growing up as a gay man in a heteronormative society where same-sex indulgence was outlawed until recently. The previously present anti-sodomy statute in India, political and religious concerns, and class-based social structures that converged to form an unfavorable atmosphere for gendered minorities, serves as the backdrop for these introspective poems. The poems express issues around my sexual identity formation, the intersectional oppression I faced due to my sexuality, the challenging internal conflicts I encountered when I was in “the closet,” the dread I endured for years and that I still embody, and my intense desire for freedom and an authentic identity.

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“This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Consumption Markets & Culture on 9 December 2022, available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10253866.2022.2147161. t is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.”


Identity, sexuality, India, intersectionality, heteronormativity

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Institute of Management Studies


8 November 2022Accepted
9 December 2022Published Online

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10 Nov 2022 09:15

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09 Jun 2024 01:27

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