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Intersectionality and planning at the margins: LGBTQ youth of color in New York
Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography (2015)
  • Clara Irazabal, Columbia University
  • Claudia Huerta
Abstract
Through an intersectional lens, this article reflects on the dialog between planning and gender, feminist, and queer studies to analyze the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color (YOC) community in New York City (NYC). The community is subject to multiple disenfranchisements, given their ethno-racial status, class, age, gender, and sexual orientation. This community's limited access to safe public spaces and amenities, housing, health services, job training, and other opportunities is an urban planning challenge insufficiently understood or addressed. Our methodology includes participant observation and analysis of an LGBTQ YOC tour of West Village in NYC, interviews with LGBTQ individuals and NGO staff, life stories, observations in LGBTQ-friendly meetings and facilities, and content analysis of LGBTQ reports and media coverage. The research shows the agency of an LGBTQ youth group as a resilient community organization effectively participating in planning processes and exerting rights to public space and services. Finally, it offers recommendations to planners and policy-makers to facilitate the recognition and expansion of rights to the city for LGBTQ, particularly YOC, by committing to understanding their unique conditions and needs and expanding their access to safe housing and public spaces, poverty reduction programs and job opportunities, and health and social support services.
Keywords
  • urban planning,
  • GLBT studies
Publication Date
2015
Citation Information
Clara Irazabal and Claudia Huerta. "Intersectionality and planning at the margins: LGBTQ youth of color in New York" Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography Vol. 22 (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/clara_irazabal/16/