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Tourism and male homosexual identities: directions for sociocultural research

Carlos Monterrubio (Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, Texcoco, Mexico)

Tourism Review

ISSN: 1660-5373

Article publication date: 5 March 2018

Issue publication date: 1 November 2019




This paper aims to offer a critical review of the existing research on the relationships between tourism and male homosexual identities and, based on a sociocultural perspective, suggestions for specific directions in future research.


The analysis is based on a review of the literature that focuses on two independent yet intersecting topics: tourism and homosexuality and identity formation processes.


Specific directions for future research are offered regarding the role that tourism plays in homosexual identity development. The proposed paths for future research include the tangible contributions of tourism to the stages of homosexual tourists’ identity development and the (re)construction, negotiation and globalisation of homosexual and queer identities through tourists’ cultural interactions. Two further suggested directions are the significance of tourism for non-Western homosexual tourists and tourism’s impacts on local homosexual identities.

Research limitations/implications

This study is based solely on the existing literature on male homosexuality and mostly on studies published in English.


The research included a critical analysis of the commonly assumed significance of tourism in homosexual identity formation. The results provide directions for future empirical research and calls for a solid theoretical foundation that allows researchers to demonstrate, understand and explain how tourism contributes to gay and queer identities.



Monterrubio, C. (2019), "Tourism and male homosexual identities: directions for sociocultural research", Tourism Review, Vol. 74 No. 5, pp. 1058-1069.



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