Intersectional Invisibility: Navigating Through Sexual Identity and Religious Identity Among LGBTQQ First–Generation Canadians
thesisposted on 23.05.2021, 11:54 by Tanja Ivic
This study will focus on the experiences of first–generation Canadians who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning. A narrative storytelling methodology was utilized in hopes of gaining deeper insight into the experiences of LGBTQQ first–generation Canadians and how they navigate both sexual and religious identities, whilst gaining a further understanding of their experience of integrating into mainstream Western culture. Experiences pertaining to the multifaceted challenges that arise during the interplay of religious, sexual, and cultural identity are examined, and how this population must negotiate their sexualities in light of intersecting identities. Qualitative semi-structured interviews were conducted with three participants who belong to a sexual minority group and are 18 years of age and older. Literature focusing on immigrants who belong to a sexual minority are scarce thus, each participant will assist in furthering the scholarship of LGBTQQ immigrants by voicing their stories. Each narrative account provides insight into how social workers can better address and intervene in the dilemmas faced by persons with multiple and at times, incompatible identities.