Urban Migration

Urban Migration and Geographic Mobility

Young gay and bisexual men frequently move to urban enclaves to escape homophobic environments and to achieve sexual and social freedom, yet little is known about the health risks these young migrants face. A better understanding of the motivations for migration and gay and bisexual men’s experiences within urban communities can help us identify which men are at higher risks for adverse health outcomes. We consider these questions in New York City, which is a common destination for young adult migrants and contains the largest number of gay and bisexual men in the U.S. In particular, we seek to understand the relationships among demographic characteristics, motivations for migration, substance use, and risky sexual behaviors among young gay and bisexual male migrants to New York City.


Pachankis, J. E., Eldahan, A. I., & Golub, S. A. (2016). New to New York: Ecological and psychological predictors of health among recently arrived young adult gay and bisexual urban migrants. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 50, 692-703.

White Hughto, J. M., Murchison, G. R., Clark, K., Pachankis, J.E., & Reisner, S. (in press). Geographic and individual differences in healthcare access for U.S. transgender adults: A multilevel analysis. LGBT Health.

Keene, D. M., Eldahan, A. I., White-Hughto, J. M., & Pachankis, J. E. (in press). ‘The big ole gay express’: Sexual minority stigma, mobility, and health in the small city. Culture, Health, & Sexuality.