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Urban Migration

LGBTQ Migration

Young LGBTQ people 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 LGBTQ people’s experiences within urban communities can help us identify which are at high risks for adverse health outcomes. We consider these questions in the US (e.g., with LGBTQ asylum seekers), and internationally (e.g., with LGBTQ migrants from the Middle East en route to Europe). In particular, we seek to understand the relationships among motivations for migration, intersectional stressors, and mental and sexual health.