heterotopia – sylvia’s place (NYC LGBTQ Youth Shelte)

by ran

sylvia's place
(Photo: Lucky S. Michaels)

Sylvia’s Place is an emergency overnight shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth, which is run by the Metropolitan Community Church of New York. People who come to this shelter are mostly kicked out from their ‘home’ because of their sexualities.

This place could be an example of “heteropias of deviation,” because their homosexuality or cross gender behaviors were considered to be out of the social norm in their families and communities. As Foucault illuminates, eliminating “abnomality” from the society inevitably creates “other place,” “heterotopia.”


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