Visibility Interrupted: Rural Queer Life and the Politics of Unbecoming examines the experiences, desires, and politics of LGBTQ women in the rural upper Midwestern United States in relation to broader ideas about rural place and LGBTQ sexuality. In so doing, the book—the first on LGBTQ women in the rural Midwest— grapples with what is, arguably, the most taken-for-granted idea among LGBTQ rights supporters: the inherent (personal and social) value of being “out, loud, and proud,” an assumption that informs LGBTQ groups’ reliance on what I refer to as visibility politics and discourses. Unbecoming considers the limits of desires for LGBTQ visibility and asks: What do we lose when visibility becomes the political project? Ultimately, the book suggests that visibility politics can preclude collective action and work in the service of metronormativity, post-raciality, and capitalist relations.

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Carly Thomsen