Temporary Tattoos and LGBTQ+ symbols: An exploration of identity at gay pride events

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis


This dissertation aims to explore the relationship between LGBTQ+ identities and temporary rainbow body art for Gay Pride attendees. In utilising interviews, it will provide evidence that the relationship between the two is fluid, often being negotiated in regard to the social context of Pride events, with temporary body art being employed in areas participants deemed to be socially accepting. These interviews alluded to the idea of pride to be a liminal space, and the potential of LGBTQ+ identity performances in the form of temporary body art. However, this dissertation also suggested that Pride is not a liminal space for all, with some intersections of the community feeling isolated and subjected to transphobic and racist hate. Despite this, participants made it evident that temporary body art was a practise linked to impression management in a LGBTQ-dominated space.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationMaster of Science
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Manchester
  • Crossley, Nick, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date1 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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