Queer People of Color and Gentrification in New York City

What is the state of Queer of Color lives in this time of unconstrained displacement? What new and/or traditional political forms are thriving in this era of precarity? This set of talks seeks not answers, but dialogue on the place and potential of QPOC perspectives and experiences on New York City in local and global context.

In a world of endless war, statelessness/homelessness as a prevailing reality, and the domestic exploitation of people of color in electoral politics, we also see the rising of Black Lives Matter, The Dream Defenders and Solidarity with Palestine, joined increasingly by student movements focused on both inclusion and transformation. We organize these events to call into question the mediating role of New York City itself, as a site of silenced histories and of unprecedented expressions of nostalgia, of futurity and potential.

Mignon R Moore has research and teaching interests in the sociology of family, race, gender, sexuality, qualitative methods, aging, and adolescence. Her first book, Invisible Families: Gay Identities, Relationships and Motherhood among Black Women (2011 California Press) examined the intersection of race with sexual orientation for family-building and lesbian identity among African-American women. Her current research includes a new book project on the social histories of LGBT seniors in New York and Los Angeles, the negotiation of religious and community life for lesbians and gay men of faith, and the promotion of healthy aging for racial and ethnic minority elders. Before arriving at Columbia she was a member of the faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles and Columbia University.

Tasha Amezcua, Safe Outside the System Program Coordinator, is a queer, femme, Chicana survivor of violence and organizer from Santa Ana, CA who has never relied on the cops for safety. She has called New York City her home since 2003, and has 10 years of LGBTSTGNC POC anti-violence community organizing experience. Tasha was an active member of the Safe Outside the System Collective from 2006 to 2009. She wanted to be a nun as a child, but figured out later that the desire was really for queerness, safety, and community. Tasha believes that we are all we need to survive, that we are experts in our own lives, and that community are the folks who show up for you and have your back. Tasha loves cats and bikes.

Cara Page is a Black queer feminist cultural worker & organizer,currently the Executive Director of the Audre Lorde Project. She is also co-founder and former Coordinator of the Kindred Collective; a southeastern network of healers, health practitioners and organizers seeking ways to respond to and intervene on state violence & generational trauma. She is the former National Director of the Committee on Women, Population & the Environment; and a proud member of Southerners on New Ground, Project South, and INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence. For the past 20 plus years she has worked within the queer & trans liberation movement, reproductive justice movement, the racial and economic justice movements and the National People’s Movement Assembly. She continues to organize; create cultural and political spaces that honor our leaders, movements, communal legacies, and mobilize transformative spaces for the safety and well being of our communities.

Van Tran is a sociologist whose primary research focuses on the incorporation of post-1965 immigrants and their children. His research has been published in Social Forces, International Migration Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, City and Community, Population Health Management, among other interdisciplinary journals. Tran is a recipient of many fellowships and scholarly awards, including the Soros Fellowships for New Americans. His research has been funded by Stanford Center for Poverty and Inequality, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Science Foundation’s Time-sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS), among others. His work has also been recognized with three awards from the American Sociological Association’s sections on International Migration, Latino/a Sociology and Community and Urban Sociology. Tran was born in Vietnam and grew up in Thailand before his family was resettled in New York City in 1998.

Moderator and Co-Organizer Jacqueline Nassy Brown’s research interests center on intersections of place, race and nation. Her work treats place and other geographical phenomena as lenses through which to understand contemporary formations of race and nation. She also contributes to diaspora theory, feminist geography, and the anthropology of Black Europe. Her book Dropping Anchor, Setting Sail: Geographies of Race in Black Liverpool (Princeton, 2005) showed the inextricable relationship between racial identity, politics and subjectivity in Liverpool on the one hand, and the politics of place in Britain writ large on the other hand. It also argues for treating the local and the global not merely as spatial categories but as profoundly racialized ones, while also offering a feminist critique of the Black Atlantic paradigm. Her work has appeared in Cultural AnthropologyAmerican EthnologistAntipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, and Social Text. Brown’s current project examines the relationship between political culture and everyday life in New York City and ideas about Americanness, American culture, and American identity.

Note: All CLAGS events are free and open to the public, space permitting. An RSVP does not guarantee entrance to sold out events.

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