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Negotiating Everyday Spaces, Making Places: Queer & Trans* Youth in Montréal


Negotiating Everyday Spaces, Making Places: Queer & Trans* Youth in Montréal

de Montigny, Julia (2013) Negotiating Everyday Spaces, Making Places: Queer & Trans* Youth in Montréal. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis qualitatively maps the spatial experiences of queer and trans* youth in Montréal by relying on community-based research with Project 10, a local Montréal community organization that supports LGBTQ youth. The purpose of this thesis is to address the particular social and spatial exclusions that young queer and trans* people face, and to highlight the ways they seek, access and build safer spaces for themselves. The research examines the spatial experiences of a largely Anglophone group of queer and trans* youth between the ages of 15 and 18 years of age by relying on data collected through a focus group, semi-structured interviews and participant observation. The thesis begins by reviewing the literature on queer geographies, children’s and youth geographies, and cultural studies on queer and trans* youth. Next, reflections on the complex experience of conducting research with a community organization are presented. The empirical chapters examine the multiple identities of the queer and trans* youth participants; how they negotiate their presence in everyday spaces such as the home, school and public spaces of the city; and how they create spaces for themselves through relationships, virtual spaces, and community organizations, particularly Project 10. In these chapters I present their particular stories, reflect on how their unique embodiments inform their experiences and consider the intersections between their identities. I argue that while queer and trans* youth face significant spatial exclusions in everyday environments, they find ways to negotiate these exclusions and to participate in and create meaningful places for themselves. Their spatial experiences, therefore, provide insights into how positive spaces for queer and trans* youth may be created, fostered and made most meaningful.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Geography, Planning and Environment
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:de Montigny, Julia
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M. Sc.
Program:Geography, Urban & Environmental Studies
Date:29 July 2013
Thesis Supervisor(s):Gould, Kevin and Podmore, Julie
Keywords:LGBTQ youth, queer geography, queer and trans* studies, community based research, Montreal
ID Code:977476
Deposited On:26 Nov 2013 17:21
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:44


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