Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies, Vol 15, No 1-2 (2013)

A Lokian Family: Queer and Pagan Agency in Montreal

Martin Lepage
Issued Date: 12 Aug 2014

Abstract


Contemporary Paganism portrays gender in an array of different ways and, as such, is very inclusive of sexual diversity. But how do queer people take part in the Pagan community? More precisely, what kind of efforts or changes do queer and transgender people have to make in order to relate to the pagan community? To answer these questions, this article examines how queer and transgender people proceed to different kinds of negotiations, especially regarding the concept of gender, that allow them to either participate actively in the Pagan community or to distance themselves from it. After a brief definition of the Pagan community in Montreal and its take on gender, it will demonstrate, with the help of certain concepts from queer studies and performance studies, how a few queer individuals perform gender in ritual context and how gender and queerness impact their relationship with Pagan religious beliefs, practices and communities.

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DOI: 10.1558/pome.v15i1-2.79

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