Session Two: Panel 4 - Gender, Sexuality and Immigration

Giti Eghbal Kalvir, Simon Fraser University
Candace López, University of Texas at Austin

Description

Dynamics of Poverty amongst Iranian Immigrant Single Mothers in BC (Giti Eghbal Kalvir)

Walking Contradictions: Latinas, Immigration and Queer Sexuality (Candace López)

The objective of this project is to deconstruct the intersections of gender, sexuality and privilege in the context of post-migration status. The voice of the Latin American immigrant has penetrated popular culture in recent years with mass migrant protests, pressures in policy changes and grassroots work for better working wages. However, recognition and understanding of the unique struggles and experiences of the queer immigrant is still absent from our discourse. Scholarship examining intersections of marginalized persons is growing, and the importance of this project lies in the intimate look of the multi-faceted marginalities immigrant Latina lesbianas face.

The following questions will be addressed: How have the sexualities of self-identified immigrant Latina lesbianas changed or altered throughout their migration process to the United States? Have their experiences as women in a patriarchal society differed post-migration? When comparing themselves to Chicana or U.S.-born Latina lesbianas, what are the beliefs and lived experiences of immigrant Latina lesbianas in the context of class privilege? How have ideas and self-perceptions of home, nationality and citizenship altered or changed?

The women interviewed during this research were born in Latin America, but currently reside in California. They all identified with a queer sexuality, meaning non-heterosexual. The hope of this research is to present the unique experience of these women and add difference to nationalist discourses regarding the LGBT community, as well as the immigrant experience.

 
Oct 17th, 10:45 AM Oct 17th, 11:45 AM

Session Two: Panel 4 - Gender, Sexuality and Immigration

Marsh Hall 106

Dynamics of Poverty amongst Iranian Immigrant Single Mothers in BC (Giti Eghbal Kalvir)

Walking Contradictions: Latinas, Immigration and Queer Sexuality (Candace López)

The objective of this project is to deconstruct the intersections of gender, sexuality and privilege in the context of post-migration status. The voice of the Latin American immigrant has penetrated popular culture in recent years with mass migrant protests, pressures in policy changes and grassroots work for better working wages. However, recognition and understanding of the unique struggles and experiences of the queer immigrant is still absent from our discourse. Scholarship examining intersections of marginalized persons is growing, and the importance of this project lies in the intimate look of the multi-faceted marginalities immigrant Latina lesbianas face.

The following questions will be addressed: How have the sexualities of self-identified immigrant Latina lesbianas changed or altered throughout their migration process to the United States? Have their experiences as women in a patriarchal society differed post-migration? When comparing themselves to Chicana or U.S.-born Latina lesbianas, what are the beliefs and lived experiences of immigrant Latina lesbianas in the context of class privilege? How have ideas and self-perceptions of home, nationality and citizenship altered or changed?

The women interviewed during this research were born in Latin America, but currently reside in California. They all identified with a queer sexuality, meaning non-heterosexual. The hope of this research is to present the unique experience of these women and add difference to nationalist discourses regarding the LGBT community, as well as the immigrant experience.