LGBTIQ break-ups in Finland

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  • 117 200,00

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Project start date: 01/02/2020

Project end date: 31/12/2022


LGBTIQ break-ups in Finland

In this project, I explore relationship break-ups of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer people in Finland. Demographic research indicates that separation and divorce rates are even higher among same-sex couples than among other-sex couples in l Western countries. The long battle for equal rights has placed LGBTIQ people’s relationships under a lot of pressure to succeed. Many partners in LGBTIQ relationships try to pass as ordinary and happy as possible and choose to remain silent of the challenges they face in their intimate relationships. Consequently, they may miss the opportunities to receive institutional and familial support. There is also a paucity of research on the separation experiences of LGBTIQ people.

In the project I seek to fill this gap and explore the break-up experiences of Finnish LGBTIQ people. My data consists of survey data and interviews of LGBTIQ people, who have experienced a recent relationship-break up. I approach relationship break-ups as assemblages, where multiple and complex elements come together. This framework enables me to analyze how continuously changing social positions of LGBTIQ people and their relationships entangle with the processes of break-ups. In these assemblages for example relationship related norms, legal statuses of partners and their relationships, sexuality and gender related dichotomies come together with relationship events, scenes and affective intensities of break-ups.

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