Negotiating Heteronormativity Dialectically: Lesbian Couples' Display of Symbols in Culture

  title={Negotiating Heteronormativity Dialectically: Lesbian Couples' Display of Symbols in Culture},
  author={Elizabeth A. Suter and Karen L. Daas},
  journal={Western Journal of Communication},
  pages={177 - 195}
This study explores how lesbian couples negotiate public–private tensions in their display of relationally significant symbols. Interviews were conducted with 20 lesbian couples. The majority identified rings and homes (85% and 90%, respectively) as symbols that nonverbally communicate their commitment. Relational dialectics frames our explanation of couples' negotiation of the public–private tensions of these symbols. Couples dealt with tensions by choosing to display symbols either privately… 
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