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The article aims at analyzing the formation of binational homosexual couples who met on the internet. Through the study of Franco-Cameroonian couples interviewed between 2008 and 2011 during doctoral research carried out in Paris, we try to grasp the conditions of gay international encounters. The article focuses on the way in which the internet changes the relative position of both subjects in their respective societies: on one hand, that of elder homosexual men sidelined and isolated in the gay scene of Paris; on the other hand, young Cameroonian homosexual men who try to escape the homophobic violence caused by the penalization of homosexuality in their country. These two entities who meet through the internet redesign the geography of homosexuality and call for a new analysis of the so-called internationalization of the gay issue. In this article we analyze more specifically self-nomination as homosexual or gay and the shift it brings in terms of identity and the way it shapes the offline construction of the couple, which faces many tensions.

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