Date of Graduation

Spring 2019


Master of Arts in Communication



Committee Chair

Jake Simmons


This thesis focuses on performativity of sexual minorities in interpersonal interactions. Specific attention is placed on concepts of privacy, performance, and face negotiation. This study not only focuses on how individuals who are open about their sexuality manage face, but also how individuals manage face while going through the process of coming out. Concepts of normative gender roles, heteronormativity, and homophobia are analyzed when considering privacy and face negotiation. Communication Privacy Management (CPM) Theory and Performative Face Theory are employed as theoretical foundations for this thesis work. I discuss how queer individuals may negotiate their face differently due to specific face-threatening acts, whether overt or covert, in interpersonal interactions. This study explains on how such interpersonal interactions affect communication and performativity of one’s identity.


performative face theory, communication privacy management, critical interpersonal communication, queer autoethnography, sexual identity

Subject Categories

Critical and Cultural Studies | Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication | Interpersonal and Small Group Communication


© Dominic A. Pecoraro

Open Access