Identifications, communities and connections : intersections of ethnicity and sexuality among diasporic gay menIdentifications, communities and connections : intersections of ethnicity and sexuality among diasporic gay men
Faculty of Social Sciences. Communication Sciences
Media, policy and culture
23(2016):2, p. 174-192
University of Antwerp
This paper explores sexual and ethnic-cultural identifications among first- and second-generation gay migrants in Belgium. Based on a theoretical framework highlighting the multiple, fluid and intersectional nature of identifications, 29 in-depth interviews are used to study self-identifications and connections to different communities. Drawing on a diverse sample, three clusters of participants can be distinguished: second-generation migrants, who were born in Belgium; sexual refugees, who escaped to Belgium; and voluntary migrants, who chose to move to Belgium. Ethnic-cultural and sexual identifications interact and vary between these groups of participants, but also within them as they intersect with other social positionings such as class, gender and race.