The Gay Second Generation: How Sexuality Shapes the Trajectories of Queer Sons of Immigrants
Event contact: Kelly Jones, kejones [at] berkeley.edu
Abstract: Over the past two decades, researchers have produced thousands of studies on Latinx and Asian American children of immigrants, better known as the immigrant second generation. These studies have highlighted how structural, neighborhood, race, and cultural factors have facilitated divergent mobility trajectories for the contemporary second generation. Notably absent from these studies are the experiences of LGBTQ children of immigrants. Drawing on interviews with 63 Filipino and Latino queer men in Los Angeles, I examine how sexuality shapes the academic trajectories for the gay second generation. With this talk, I demonstrate how centering LGBTQ children of immigrants has the potential to advance theoretical frameworks on the immigrant second generation.