This chapter explores the issue of non-heteronormative sexuality in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Drawing on PhD fieldwork conducted mainly in Port Moresby in the mid- to late 2000s, it considers people's lived experience of non-heteronormativity in relation to the wider community. It discusses the ways in which respondents described themselves, their processes of developing self-understanding, how they fit into the general society, and the worst experiences of discrimination they had encountered. It also examines the prevalence of “homosexual” behavior in PNG as well as the high levels of stigma and abuse experienced by gay people. Finally, it assesses homosexuality laws in PNG and the reasons why social perceptions and practices in PNG with regards to non-heteronormative sex differ significantly from those in the other Pacific Island countries.
|Title of host publication||Gender on the Edge Transgender, Gay, and Other Pacific Islanders|
|Editors||Niko Besnier and Kalissa Alexeyeff|
|Place of Publication||Honolulu|
|Publisher||University of Hawaii Press|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|