Community and Family: A Desi Queer Project

My current project is working with queer Desi people in the San Francisco Bay Area ā€“ exploring the way kinship, ethnicity, and queerness come together to provide opportunities and restrictions based on the unique confluence of these identities.

The Aim of this Study:

The first aim of this study is to explore how individuals who identify as both LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer) and South Asian understand themselves through the lens of ethnicity, sexuality, family relationships and kinship. The second aim of this study is to explore those processes that lead to these understandings being shared or not shared with family members ā€“ how people construct and limit the identities they share.

Eligible Participants:

Who is eligible? A few basic criteria exist to participate in this study.

-You must be at least 18 years of age
-You must identify as South Asian/Desi
-You must be part of the San Francisco or Bay Area community
-Subjects must be able to read/speak English

What to Expect:

The goal of this project is to collect approximately hour long interviews with you; Iā€™m interested in hearing your story and understanding how you see and view the different social spaces you navigate.

Unfortunately on the small budget of a graduate student this study will not be monetarily compensated. That said, I also want to accomodate all participants; so if you have financial restrictions (in travel expenses, etc) we can usually work around those needs.

If you are interested in taking part in this study, please contact me below by providing your name (or alias), email, and/or phone number. 

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