While there is a growing corpus of research on homophobia and LGBTQ+ rights activism in Jamaica, research on the rest of the Anglo-Caribbean remains very limited, despite the branding of the region as exceptionally queer/trans/homo-phobic. In addition, few of the existing scholarly studies explore gender and sexuality from the perspective of LGBTQ+ members’ experiences. This project will explore the politics of identity – specifically regarding the intersections of race, gender and sexuality – within the LGBTQ+ community in Trinidad and Tobago. It will foreground the experiences and voices of out LGBTQ+ folks, focusing on how they construct and negotiate their identities, relations and sense of community within the context of state-sponsored queer/trans/homo-phobia and the denial of non-normative gendered and sexual citizenship. This will simultaneously entail understanding the ways in which the LGBTQ+ community contests queer/trans/homo-phobic nationalism at institutional and cultural levels.
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