Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Summer 2015

Publication Title

Citizenship Studies

Volume

19

Issue

6-7

First Page

682

Last Page

695

DOI

10.1080/13621025.2015.1053797

Keywords

Latino, gay men, citizenship, migration

Abstract

The Cuéntame! Study interviewed 25 Spanish-speaking gay and bisexual men in Toronto. Their migration experiences are traversed by economic rationales, security concerns, and the embodied experiences of race, gender, culture, and sexuality. Most express narratives of empowered opportunity in distancing themselves from restrictive sexual regimes of their place of origin, but at the same time, many migrants trade a new sense of social acceptance as gay for marginalized statuses defined by diminished social and economic capital. The social participatory rights of citizenship are particularly affected by sexuality and social class. The need and desire to establish social and sexual connections in a new environment often characterized by economic vulnerability shape experiences of social capital and citizenship rights.

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