Presentation Title

Intersecting Identities: The Experience of Coming Out as UndocuQueer

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Location

HUB 302-#181

Type of Presentation

Poster

Abstract

Since the emergence of the DREAMer movement in the early 2000’s there has been an increasing amount of research regarding undocumented students to give visibility to the legal barriers undocumented students face while trying to obtain a higher education. However there are still gaps to fill in about the diverse experiences of undocumented students within scholarly conversations. What has been written about queer undocumented students has been through the frame of the undocuqueer movement and therefore has focused on the development, progress, and entity as a movement. This research project intends to look at the concept of “undocuqueer” not as a movement but as an identity. UndocuQueer students face obstacles both rooting from their legal status and sexual orientation. UndocuQueer students experience a double coming out, that is a coming out as undocumented and as queer, which gives them a distinct experience from other undocumented students identifying as straight. This project seeks to answer the following questions: How does coming out for undocuqueer student’s influence how they navigate family dynamics and navigate institutional obstacles such as employment and/or education? How do individuals self-identify in different spaces in regards to their undocumented and queer identity? How does undocuqueer work as an identity and incorporated into themselves? Is it a political identity?

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Intersecting Identities: The Experience of Coming Out as UndocuQueer

HUB 302-#181

Since the emergence of the DREAMer movement in the early 2000’s there has been an increasing amount of research regarding undocumented students to give visibility to the legal barriers undocumented students face while trying to obtain a higher education. However there are still gaps to fill in about the diverse experiences of undocumented students within scholarly conversations. What has been written about queer undocumented students has been through the frame of the undocuqueer movement and therefore has focused on the development, progress, and entity as a movement. This research project intends to look at the concept of “undocuqueer” not as a movement but as an identity. UndocuQueer students face obstacles both rooting from their legal status and sexual orientation. UndocuQueer students experience a double coming out, that is a coming out as undocumented and as queer, which gives them a distinct experience from other undocumented students identifying as straight. This project seeks to answer the following questions: How does coming out for undocuqueer student’s influence how they navigate family dynamics and navigate institutional obstacles such as employment and/or education? How do individuals self-identify in different spaces in regards to their undocumented and queer identity? How does undocuqueer work as an identity and incorporated into themselves? Is it a political identity?